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Professor’s 1979 Chemistry Nobel Prize Gold Medal Offered By Heritage Auctions

October 6, 2016 in Collecting, Events, Exunumia, Gold, History, Investing, Medals, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Offers, Precious Metals, Press Releases, Science

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Eric Bradley (214) 409-1871  ericb@ha.com

Professor’s 1979 Chemistry Nobel Prize

Gold Medal Offered By Heritage Auctions

Nobel Prize medal presented to chemist Georg Wittig for 1954 discovery of “The Wittig Reaction” is accompanied in October 19, 2016 auction by four other prestigious medals awarded to the noted German researcher and educator.

Prof. Georg Wittig's 1979 Nobel Prize gold medal for chemistry

Prof. Georg Wittig’s 1979 Nobel Prize gold medal for chemistry

(Dallas, Texas) – The historic 1979 Nobel Prize gold medal for chemistry awarded to Professor Georg Wittig (1897 – 1987) of Germany will be offered by Heritage Auctions (www.HA.com) on October 19, 2016 as part of Heritage’s two-day Historical Manuscripts Grand Format Auction.  Four other gold medals awarded over the years to Prof. Wittig are also being offered together with the large, 22 carat Nobel Prize medal.

“Dr. Georg Wittig was a distinguished researcher, author and educator who received the 1972 Nobel Prize for Chemistry for his 1954 discovery of what is now known as The Wittig Reaction, a process of regulating the regrouping of atoms in a molecule,” said Cristiano Bierrenbach, Heritage’s Executive Vice President of International Numismatics.  

“Professor Wittig’s work along with Nobel Prize co-recipient Herbert C. Brown made it possible to mass produce hundreds of important drugs, such as the arthritis medicine hydrocortisone, as well as mass produce industrial chemicals that would otherwise be prohibitively expensive,” Bierrenbach explained.

The Nobel Prize medal, designed by Swedish artist Erik Lindberg, measures 6.5 centimeters in diameter (approximately 2.5 inches) and weighs 204.0 grams (approximately 7.2 ounces).  Struck in 22 carat gold, it features female allegories of Science and Nature, with Wittig’s name and the year of the award engraved beneath. The front side features the likeness of Alfred Nobel with the dates of his birth, 1833, and death, 1896, in Roman numerals.

The medal is housed in the original presentation case received by Prof. Wittig in  1972.

The four other medals received by Prof. Wittig and accompanying the Nobel Prize medal in the auction are:

  • The Paul Karrer Award 22 carat, 97.7 grams, two inches in diameter gold medal presented in 1973 by Universitat Zurich.
  • The 14 carat, 123 grams, 2.25 inches gold medal Otto Hahn Prize for Chemistry and Physics awarded in 1967, and is considered the highest German award for outstanding scientific achievements.
  • The Roger Adams Medal given by the American Chemical Society in 1973. It is cast in 10 carat gold, weighs 258.9 grams, and is three inches in diameter.
  • The Adolf Von Baeyer medal awarded in 1953 to Prof. Wittig.  It is gold-plated, weighs 83.3 grams and is two inches in diameter.
Prof. Georg Wittig's 1979 Nobel Prize gold medal for chemistry

Prof. Georg Wittig’s 1979 Nobel Prize gold medal for chemistry

Full descriptions of all the medals are available online at: https://historical.ha.com/itm/miscellaneous/georg-wittig-nobel-prize-medal-in-chemistry-received-in-1979-together-with-four-additional-medals/p/6165-67001.s?ic5=CatalogHome-FeaturedItems-071515.

“Most of Dr. Wittig’s scientific work, including that which won him the Nobel Prize, was conducted during his years at the University of Tübingen. He was known as a meticulous teacher who set very high standards for his students, and he established a productive research group of young, promising scientists,” said Bierrenbach.

Prof. Wittig died on August 26, 1987, just a few weeks after his 90th birthday.

For additional information about the medal or other items offered in this auction, contact Heritage Auctions at (877) 437-4824 or visit online at www.HA.com.

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U.S. Mint Calls Attention to World Space Week

October 6, 2016 in Coins, Coins for sale, Collecting, Collector Sets, Commemorative, Education, Exunumia, History, Medals, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, US Mint, USA Coins

By: Coin Update News.CoinUpdate.com (Coin Update News)

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Amid the various U.S. Mint releases spread across the last quarter of the year—not to mention the general circus of election season—one could easily miss the fact that this is World Space Week. The United Nations declared October 4–10 to be Space Week in December 1999. From now through next Monday, events around the world are celebrating “the benefits of space and excitement about space exploration.” (Click here for event highlights.)

None of this might seem relevant to coin collecting, but the U.S. Mint has provided a guide to “its long connection to the space program” in connection with… Full article at the source>

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Exonumia: Challenge Coins Get a Hat-Tip in the Press

September 22, 2016 in Collecting, Education, Exunumia, Fun, History, Investing, News, Numismatica, Numismatics

By: Coin Update News.CoinUpdate.com (Coin Update News)

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An article in today’s Washington Post calls attention to the collecting specialty of “challenge coins,” particularly CIA challenge coins. For those who are unfamiliar with the term, challenge coins are medallions that are imprinted with an organization’s insignia and distributed to its members. Katherine Jaeger (now Katherine de Silva), in A Guide Book of U.S. Tokens and Medals, explains:

“Anyone looking on the Internet for a definition of the challenge coin will encounter a widely duplicated posting entitled, ‘The History of the Challenge Coin.’ As the story goes, during World War I a wealthy Army Air… Full article at the source>

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Numismatic Literary Guild Awards 2016 Prizes to Seven Whitman Publishing Authors

August 12, 2016 in ANA (American Numismatic Association), Awards, Bank Notes, Books, Coin Shows, Coins, Collecting, Competition, Conventions, Education, Events, Exunumia, History, Investing, News, Numismatic Literary Guild, Numismatic Societies and Clubs, Numismatica, Numismatics, Prize Winners, Rare Coins, Reference, Tokens, U.S. Notes, USA Coins, World Coins

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(Anaheim, California)—The Numismatic Literary Guild announced the awards for its annual Writers Competition at the American Numismatic Association World’s Fair of Money in Anaheim, Thursday, August 11, 2016.

Seven Whitman Publishing authors received recognition in categories covering U.S. coins, U.S. paper money, world coins, numismatic investments, and tokens and medals. They were:

Michael Moran and Jeff Garrett: “Best Specialized Book, U.S. Coins,” for 1849: The Philadelphia Mint Strikes Gold, a chronicle of the trials and tribulations of the U.S. Mint in the first half of the 19th century and the tremendous impact that the 1848 discovery Full article at the source>

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2016 Ronald Reagan $1 Coin and First Spouse Medal Set Opens Near 6,000 Sales

July 13, 2016 in Bronze, Coins, Coins for sale, Collecting, Collector Sets, Commemorative, Dollar Coins, Education, Exunumia, History, Medals, New Releases, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, US Mint, USA Coins

By: Coin Update News.CoinUpdate.com (Coin Update News)

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The 2016 Ronald Reagan Presidential $1 Coin and First Spouse Medal Set had a strong debut last week, according the U.S. Mint’s latest sales report. The set moved 5,910 units between Tuesday and Sunday of last week, giving it the most successful launch for a Presidential dollar and First Spouse Medal Set since the Kennedy issue was launched a year ago. With the exception of the Kennedy set, the Reagan set had the best opening since Coin Update began publishing sales reports in 2010.

The set, which includes a Ronald Reagan Presidential dollar and a bronze replica… Full article at the source>

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American Numismatic Association to Induct Two “Historic Era” Nominees into Hall of Fame

June 21, 2016 in ANA (American Numismatic Association), Coin Shows, Coins, Collecting, Education, Events, Exunumia, History, News, Numismatic Societies and Clubs, Numismatica, Numismatics, Press Releases, USA Coins, World Coins

By: Coin Update News.CoinUpdate.com (Coin Update News)

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The following press release was shared by the American Numismatic Association:

In recognizing outstanding contributions to numismatics, The American Numismatic Association will induct Historic Era nominees Byron F. Johnson, Jr. and Ralph A. Mitchell into the Numismatic Hall of Fame at the 2016 Summer Seminar banquet on Wednesday, June 22, in Colorado Springs, Colo.

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Byron F. Johnson, Jr. was a collector’s collector. A pharmacist by trade and a numismatist at heart, Johnson specialized in exonumia and world minor coinage.

Johnson took a special interest in numismatic exhibiting, and established the use of exhibit classes. He wrote the chapters on… Full article at the source>

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Auction Preview: Spring 2016 Baltimore Whitman Expo

March 25, 2016 in Auctions, Coin Shows, Coins, Collecting, Conventions, Entertainment, Events, Exunumia, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, USA Coins

By: Dennis Hengeveld News.CoinUpdate.com (Coin Update News)

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The spring Baltimore Whitman Expo is one again upon us, and with it comes a grand total of 12 individual auction sessions organized by Stack’s Bowers. A large number of lots will offer an impressive variety of collectibles ranging from exonumia to United States coinage to United States Paper Money. Lots will be offered in floor sessions as well as online.

While there are many highlights scattered throughout the various sessions (including the middle and late dates of the Twin Leaf collection of large cents), we’ll pay particular attention to session 4, which has been called “Rarities Night,” and will be… Full article at the source>

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