Vintage Large Bronze Re-strike Medal 1869 Opening of The Suez Canal Austria Franz Joseph by J Tautenhayn
Description: A beautiful and very large (~71 mm or 2 13/16") brass colored bronze restrike medal. This is the J. Tautenhayn commemorating the opening of the Suez canal on 17 November 1869. The medal shows head of Franz Joseph emperor of the Austro-Hungarian empire at the time with a mustache and large sideburns on his face and a laureate in his hair facing right on the obverse. It has the legend "FRANCISCVS.IOSEPHVS.I.D.G.AVSTRIAE.IMPERATOR.ET.AVNGARIAE.REX.APOST" SURROUNDING THE KING'S BUST. The reverse shows Egyptia (a woman in flowing dress, a crescent in her head and holding a scroll) seated on the Sphinx with the pyramids on her right and a ship to her right. There is a legend below her which reads "ADVENTVS AVGVSTI INAEGYPTVM OB.APERIVNDAM FOSSAM SVEZIANAM MDCCCLXIX." The designs on both the obverse and reverse are done in high hrelief and are just beautiful. The medal measures 71 mm and weighs ~146.5 grams. Please carefully review the photos as they are part and parcel of our description.
Historic Perspective: The Suez Canal is considered one of the most important maritime event in the 19the century. It was constructed in Egypt to connect the red sea and the Mediterranean sea and facilitate navigation between Europe and the far east. It was designed and constructed under the supervision of Ferdinand de Lesseps. Today the Canal is a major source of income for Egypt and provides a major source of dollar revenue to the Egyptian Government.
Date: This is a re-strike and as such it is uncertain as to when it was done but most likely late 1800 to early 1900.
Artist: J. Tautenhayn
References: Mont 3807; Würz 2484; Hauser 652; Horsky 3807
Weight and Size: The medal is ~71 mm in diameter and weighs ~146.5 grams or over five ounces.
Marks: Has the name J. Tautenhayn under the king's bust on the obverse.
Condition: The medal is what I would grade as good very fine or better. It has a few very minor scratches, a few light nicks to the edge of the rim, and one obvious stain on the reverse to the left of Egyptia all of which can be seen in the photos. The stain is the main reason I grade the medal as very fine instead of about uncirculated. The medal is beautiful and must be seen in person to appreciate its beauty. Please see the photos for additional condition information.