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Design of Bob Dole Congressional Gold Medal approved at last Wednesday’s CCAC meeting

October 31, 2017 in Education, Gold, History, Medals, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Precious Metals, US Government

By: Brandon Christopher Hall  News.CoinUpdate.com (Coin Update News)

Last Wednesday, October 25, 2017, the CCAC held a meeting to discuss the design of the upcoming Congressional Gold Medal to honor Bob Dole. Bob Dole is a lawyer, former congressman of Kansas, former Republican Leader of the United States Senate, and 1996 presidential candidate who is renowned for his valiant service in World War II. In 1942, he entered the United States Army’s Enlisted Reserve Corps, rising to second lieutenant in the 10th Mountain Division. In April 1945, while fighting southwest of Bologna, Italy, in the Apennine Mountains, Dole was grievously injured in the upper right shoulder by German… Full article at the source>

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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

For immediate release
October 6, 2016

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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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US Mint released Jack Nicklaus Gold Medal

March 25, 2015 in Awards, Gold, Medals, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Precious Metals, US Government

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Jack Nicklaus, center, holds a Congressional Gold Medal during a ceremony-picture by Heraldonline

Today, The United States Mint has released a Jack Nicklaus Congressional Gold Medal as authorized by Public Law 113-210. Jack Nicklaus received the Congressional Gold Medal today during a ceremony at the U.S. Capitol Rotunda.
The medal recognizes Nicklaus’ service to the nation in promoting excellence, good sportsmanship, and philanthropy.
Nicklaus’ competitive career spanned parts of five decades during which he accumulated 120 victories in national and international professional competitions, 73 of which were won on the Professional Golfers Association TOUR. His record 18 professional major championships remains the standard by which all golfers are measured today.

A passionate philanthropist, Nicklaus Full article at the source>

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MLK’s Outstanding Numismatic Honors

January 19, 2015 in Blogs, Coins, Collecting, Commemorative, Gold, Medals, Numismatica, Numismatics, Precious Metals, Silver, Silver Coins, USA Coins

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Monday marks the day we honor civil rights activist and national hero Martin Luther King, Jr. whose contributions to our society changed the U.S. forever. During his lifetime, MLK won many awards, including the Nobel Peace Prize. Posthumously, a Congressional Gold Medal was issued in his and his wife’s honor. Last year, the U.S. Mint […] Full article at the source>

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Congressional Gold Medal Awarded Posthumously to Raoul Wallenberg

July 29, 2014 in Awards, Gold, Medals, News, US Government

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WASHINGTON – Swedish-born businessman and diplomat Raoul Wallenberg was posthumously awarded a Congressional Gold Medal today during a ceremony in the U.S. Capitol Rotunda.

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Source: United States Mint Press Releases/Public Statements

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