100533 | GERMANY. Heinrich August Bernthsen bronze Medal.

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    100533 | GERMANY. Heinrich August Bernthsen bronze Medal. Issued 1912. Commemorating the BASF Chemist's 25 Years in the Industry (70mm, 140.00 g, 12h). By A. Hartig.

     

    AUGUST BERNTHSEN, bust left / GEWIDMET VON DEN BEAMTEN DER BADISCHEN ANILIN– & SODA–FABRIK LUDWIGSHAFEN A RH (dedicated to the officials of BASF in Ludwigshafen), nude female standing right, holding drapery and wreath. Edge: Plain.

     

    Choice Mint State. Alluring yellow-bronze matte surfaces, with a few spots of darker blue tone around the devices. Includes original box of issue. Compare to a similar example which realized a hammer of $325 in Westfälische Auktionsgesellschaft 45 (26 September 2007), lot 4936.

     

    Founded in Baden, Germany by Friedrich Engelhorn in 1865, the company that the world would come to know as BASF–now the largest chemical producer in the world–was then known by its full name: Badische Anilin und Soda Fabrik (Baden Aniline and Soda Factory). This medal honored Bernthsen, an important chemist and head of BASF at the end of the 19th and beginning of the 20th centuries, and was issued in 1912, the same year in which their laboratory completed the Haber process–the process of synthesizing ammonia.

     

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