101227 | GERMANY. Johann Friedrich Blumenbach uniface gilt bronze Medal.
101227 | GERMANY. Johann Friedrich Blumenbach uniface gilt bronze Medal. Issued 1825. Commemorating the Jubilee of the Anthropologist's Doctorate (50mm, 53.50 g). By G. Loos and H. Gube in Berlin.
NATURAE INTERPRETI OSSA LOQUI IUBENTI PHYSIOSOPHILI GERMANICI D 19 SEPT 1825, three human skulls, as classified by Blumenbach: Caucasian, Ethiopian, and Mongolian. Edge: Plain.
Cf. Storer 398 (for regular issue); cf. Brettauer 125 (same). Choice Mint State. Vibrant yellow-bronze surfaces, with incredible luster. Seemingly, a prototype striking of the reverse of this interesting and haunting type.
Blumenbach was an anthropologist from the University of Göttingen and specialized in the study and classification of human skulls from around the world—later known as craniometry. At the time of his death, he owned 245 whole skulls and fragments, along with two mummies. The term ‘caucasian’ as a descriptor of race was also derived from him, as his influential use of it in 1795 quickly caught on in scientific circles. For more information on Blumenbach and a modern analysis of his career—as well as a reference to this medallic issue—visit Nell Irvin Painter’s “Why White People Are Called ‘Caucasian?’,” which can be found here.
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