After the German city of Hamburg experienced a massive fire in 1842, a distinctive fundraiser helped pay
expenses for the victims.
The medalist G. Loos in Berlin issued a commemorative medal that was
offered to the public in bronze and silver versions. One gold medal
was created, and this unique item is offered in Teutoburger Münzauktion’s auction No. 112,
scheduled for Feb. 23.
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The Great fire of Hamburg began early May 5, 1842, and burned until
the morning of May 8, destroying about one-third of the buildings in
the inner ring district of the Altstadt.
In total, 51 people were killed and 1,700 residences and several
important public buildings were destroyed. The fire required major
rebuilding of the city and led to improvements in its infrastructure.
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Bronze examples of the medal were sold for half a taler while
silver examples cost two talers. The unique gold medal was struck
close to the specifications of 12 ducats, but its actual issue cost is
not specified by the auction house.
The obverse of the medal depicts a map of the city, surrounded by an
inscription noting the dates of the fire.
A Phoenix rises from the ashes on the reverse, with
an inscription that translates to “Hamburg will rise again more
glorious than ever before.”
The gold medal weighs 38.55 grams and measures 44.6 millimeters diameter.
In Extremely Fine condition, it has an estimate of €20,000 ($24,851 U.S.).