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CNG 111, Lot: 1153. Estimate $750.
Sold for $1100. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

HANOVER. Victoria. 1837-1901. Gilt Æ Medal (77mm, 220.55 g, 12h). On Victoria’s Reign Entering The Twentieth Century. From dies by Emil Fuchs, 1899. Dated 1900. Crowned bust left; VICTORIA/R · I · /1900 in three lines to right; E FUCHS along shoulder / Winged Britannia advancing across globe inscribed AFRI, holding aloft radiant tabula ansata bearing Victoria’s signature; clouds in background; E FUCHS 1899 along edge of globe . W&E 1880; BHM 3658; Eimer 1836. EF, a few light marks. A very rare and attractive medal by this talented artist.

Emil Fuchs (1866-1929) was an Austrian and American sculptor, medallist, painter and author, who worked in Vienna, London, and New York. His portraits of Victoria and Edward VII made him fashionable among London society during the Edwardian period. Beginning in 1905, Fuchs began traveling to the United States, where he began painting wealthy socialites. At the same time, he designed medals for the American Numismatic Society (see CNG 72, lot 2415 for his Hudson-Fulton Commemorative Medal).

In 1915, Fuchs took up permanent residence in New York City, becoming a US citizen in 1924, and living until 1929.