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Medal - Jons Jakob Berzelius, Netherlands, 1848 Numismatics Reg. No: NU 33526

Summary:
Netherlands
Medal - Jons Jakob Berzelius 1848 (AD)
Mint: not recorded
Awarded to: Mueller, Ferdinand von
Other Details: Jons Jakob Berzelius medal, awarded to Ferdinand von Mueller in 1848. It features the bust of Berzelius and an angel with hand on table with a balance and surrounded by chemical equipment. The Berzelius Medal was established by the Royal Swedish Academy in memory of the famous Swedish scientist. Berzelius (1779-1848) accurately determined more than 2000 relative atomic and molecular masses. He was the first to prepare silicon in its amorphous form and to isolate zirconium. He proposed oxygen as a reference standard for atomic masses and devised the system of chemical symbols and formulae now in use. His discoveries include the elements cerium (1804), selenium (1817), and thorium (1828).
Description:
A bronze medal (56 mm diameter) featuring a head of the Swedish chemist Jons Jakob Berzelius.
Acquisition Information:
Transfer from National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), 1976
Discipline: Numismatics
Dimensions: 56 mm (Diameter)
Weight: 74.30 g (Weight)

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Tagged with: chemistry
Themes this item is part of: Public Life & Institutions Collection, Baron Ferdinand von Mueller, Botanist & Explorer (1825-1896), Jons Jakob Berzelius, Scientist, Sweden (1779-1848)
Primary Classification: MEDALS
Secondary Classification: Commemorative
Tertiary Classification: physical sciences
Series: Swedish Prize Medals
DateEra: 1848 AD
Obverse Description: Head facing right, around above, JACOBUS BERZELIUS; below in small letters, NAT. MDCCLXXIX. DEN. MDCCCXLVIII
Reverse Description: An angel standing front resting left hand on table with a balance and surrounded by chemical equipment, pours into small bowl held by seated female figure who has a snake wraped around her right arm; around above, NATURAM JUSSIT VIRES PROFERRE LATENTES; in exergue, FUNDATORUM SUPREMO LUCENS / MEDIC. SVEC. SOCIETAS in tiny letters the artist's names C.C. QUARNSTROM INV. P.H. LUNDGREN FEC.
Edge Description: Plain
Inscriptions: Obverse: JACOBUS BERZELIUS NAT. MDCCLXXIX. DEN. MDCCCXLVIII
Reverse: NATURAM JUSSIT VIRES PROFERRE LATENTES FUNDATORUM SUPREMO LUCENS MEDIC. SVEC. SOCIETAS in tiny letters the artist's names C.C. QUARNSTROM INV. P.H. LUNDGREN FEC.
Material: Copper Plated white metal
Issued By: Netherlands, 1848
Artist: J.P.M. Menger, 1864
Awarded To: Baron Ferdinand von Mueller, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Person Depicted: Professor Jons Berzelius, Netherlands, 1848

Comments

ian whitelam Posted on 24 Mar 2011 2:22 AM
please can you tell me how many medals-jons jakob berzelius,netherlands 1848,are in existance and their location.thank you
Discovery Centre Posted on 13 Apr 2011 10:55 AM
Museum Victoria Comment
Hi Ian, there's only ever one recipient of this medal every 50 years, so only a few have been awarded. So the medal you have can only have been awarded to one of several people. Perhaps you might need to contact the Royal Swedish Academy to discuss with them whether it's genuine and who might be the recipient.
Ian Posted on 13 Apr 2011 11:04 AM
Hi any ideas how this medal got to Bridlington,England,is it a museum piece quality medal?,and according to your email only 3 of this type are in existance,and i have one,any more information on this would be very welcome,thanks
Discovery Centre Posted on 13 Apr 2011 11:09 AM
Museum Victoria Comment
Hi Ian, it's hard to know how things move around. As indicated above you might want to try the Academy that issued it as they may be able to help you out.
Göran Andersson Posted on 29 Oct 2011 1:03 AM
The stamps owned by The Swedish Association of Physicians originaly made by The Swedish Royal Mint are now at the leading Swedish medal manufacturer Svenska Medalj AB in Eskilstuna, Sweden.Held a sample in my hand an hour ago at the factory.

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