101224 | SWEDEN. Alfred Nobel/Nominating Committee silver Award Medal.
101224 | SWEDEN. Alfred Nobel silver Award Medal. Issued 1987 for participation on the nominating committee for the prize in physics or chemistry (27mm, 13.91 g, 12h). By E. Lindberg (in 1901) and struck by the Royal Swedish mint.
Bust left; ALFR• / NOBEL – NAT• / MDCCC / XXXIII / OB• / MDCCC / XCVI across field / REG • ACAD • SCIENT • SVEC, crowned and winged coat-of-arms of Sweden; radiant North Star above. Edge: «4 hallmarks» 925 N10.
Ehrensvärd 21. Choice Mint State. Handsomely toned, with a golden allure throughout and some scattered hints of cobalt.
Ex Lars Ernster Collection.
One of Lindberg's early tasks was the creation of the Nobel Prize medals, the Nobel institution for the awarding of these prizes having been newly established. Outside of the Peace Prize (presented instead in Oslo) and the Economics Prize (created much later by the Sveriges Riksbank and not considered part of the Nobel canon), Lindberg's renditions continue to be used for the prize medals to this day, as well as the medals presented to the respective nominating committees. Though the actual prize medals are almost never encountered in the market, the nominating medals do appear and have become quite popular as they are generally as close as one can realistically get to an actual prize medal.
Born in Hungary as Ernster László in 1920, Lars Ernster immigrated to Sweden in 1946, playing an important role in the scientific community and joining the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences in 1974. He delivered the presentation speech for the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1978, and was a member of the board of the Nobel Foundation from 1977-1988, passing away in 1998.
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