Auction No. 087

Old books, manuscripts, Judaica items, numismatics, coins

February 25, 2015
Opening $ 120
Silver medal in honor of Moses Mendelssohn, founder of the Haskala movement. By artist I. Abraham. Germany, 18th century. Diameter of 43 mm. 29 grams. Silver. The obverse features a bust of Mendelssohn and the artist's name. The reverse depicts a cracked human skull topped by a mosquito, possibly symbolizing Chazal's description of Titus' death. With the text NATUS MDCCXXIX and PHAEDON (born 1729). The lack of a day of death indicates that the medal was issued while Mendelssohn was still alive. Light dents and repair to the rim. VF.
Jewish Coins & Medals