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Lot #1091
Unissued c. 1980s Gilt Nobel Prize Medal

Estimate: $2000+
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Unissued Nobel Prize medal produced in the 1980s, engraved "Förgyllt 23K" on the bottom edge (indicating that it is plated in 23K gold), featuring the same design used on the Nobel Prize medals for Physics and Chemistry. Designed by Erik Lindberg, the medal measures 66 mm in diameter (identical to awarded Nobel Prize medals), and weighs 118 gm (post-1980 awarded medals are heavier, as they feature an 18K electrum base with 24K gold plating); the base metal of this example is not indicated. The obverse features a bust portrait of Alfred Nobel facing left, inscribed with his name in relief, “Alfr. Nobel,” as well as his birth and death dates of 1833 and 1896, “Nat. MDCCCXXXIII, Ob. MDCCCXCVI.” The lower left bears the artist’s name and date, “E. Lindberg, 1902.” The reverse features an allegorical vignette of the figure of Science unveiling the face of Nature, with the Latin legend in relief above, “Inventas vitam iuvat excoluisse per artes.” The tablet at the bottom is left blank, but would be engraved with the recipient’s name and date on awarded medals. In fine condition.

Auction Info

  • Auction Title: Remarkable Rarities
  • Dates: #566 - Ended September 20, 2019