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BRONZE MEDAL - HAMBURG GREAT FIRE OF 1842 COMMEMORATIVE
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City of Hamburg Bronze Medal Commemorating the Great Fire of 1842 / Phoenix Rising and Detailed Map of City / From G. Loos Medal Mint (Gaed. 2075)

This bronze medal was minted by the city of Hamburg, a sizable German city of commerce situated on the Elbe river. This medal was minted to commemorate the loss of about a quarter of the city in the "Great Fire" of 1842. This fire started on the night of May 4th, 1842, quickly spread through the heart of the city, and was finally extinguished on May 8. It destroyed three churches, the town hall, as well as many other buildings. It killed 51 people, and left an estimated 20,000 homeless. Reconstruction took more than 40 years.

Top: A View of the Conflagration of the City of Hamburg: From the front page of the Illustrated London news May 14, 1842 Below: Fire 1842: The Exchange and City Hall from a series by the Brothers Suhr


This medal shows a Phoenix rising from ashes and flame. Around the Phoenix, the inscription states that the city will 'again rise even brighter'. It is a statement by an optimistic city that it will not only rebuild, but it will emerge from the disaster better than before. On the other side It shows a detailed map of the city with the parts destroyed by fires hatched. The inscription gives the dates the city burned.

Phoenix rising from flames / WIRD SICH GLAENZENDER WIEDER ERHEBEN / will again rise even brighter

Detailed overhead map of Hamburg Germany / DAS DURCH FEUER ZERSTOERTE HAMBURG - DEN 5 BIS 8 MAI 1842 / Hamburg destroyed by fires - the 5th to 8th of May, 1842 / Arrow denotes the direction of the currents of the river Elbe