Belgium: Chief Rabbi of Belgium E. A. [Elie-Aristide] Astruc, 1880, by Ch. [Charles] Wiener; bronze, 50mm, 51.2g: medal paying tribute to Rabbi Astruc's 15 years of leadership as the Belgian Chief Rabbi. Reverse depicts bust of the Rabbi, obverse bears French legend "Tribute of the Belgian Israelis [Jews] to E.A.Astruc Grand Rabbi of Belgium from 1865 to 1880".
Astruc was French born and became the Chief Rabbi of Paris before becoming the Chief Rabbi of Belgium (for which the French Emperor issued a special decree to allow Astruc to retain his French citizenship). Upon retiring his position and returning to France, King Leopold II of Belgium made Astruc a Knight of the Order of Leopold. The Jewish engraver, Charles Wiener, is the most prominent of the 3 Wiener brothers of Belgium who were all medalists. JMM-51-52. In VF-EF.
מילות מפתח: מדליות דמויות דיוקנים דיוקן יהודיים יהודים רבנים יודאיקה יוקאיכה בלגיה