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6 March 2024

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The Silich Collection of Historical and Art Medals (Part I)

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№ 359


6 March 2024

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Samuel, Charles (Belgian, 1862-1938); b. Brussels, and Fisch & Cie (Brussels, 1853-present)

BELGIAN CONGO, Première liaison aérienne Belgique-Congo [First Flight from Belgium to Belgian Congo], 1925 [struck 1937], a bronze medal by C. Samuel for Fisch on behalf of the Amis de la Médaille d’art, standing Congolese and Belgian females clasping hands, maps of the Congo and Belgium behind, aeroplane in clouds above, rev. juxtaposed views of huts, palm trees and a radio pylon at left, Brussels cityscape, the Town Hall, Sts-Michel-et-Gudule, the Palace of Justice and a radio pylon at right, edge impressed fisch & cie, 70mm, 151.86g (Vancraenbroeck 130; cf. Elsen 154, 2157; cf. Schulman 374, 723). Very fine £60-£80

This lot was sold as part of a special collection, The Silich Collection of Historical and Art Medals.

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bt Münz Zentrum Rheinland, January 2003

The first flight between Brussels and Léopoldville was made by Edmond Thieffry (1892-1929), a Belgian air ace in World War I; a flight which should have taken a week, but because of bad weather and mechanical problems, lasted from 12 February to 3 April 1925. The reverse signifies the first radio link established between the two countries.