101549 | SWEDEN. Alfred Nobel/Dynamite bronze Medal.

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    101549  |  SWEDEN. Alfred Nobel bronze Medal. Issued 1996. Commemorating the centennial of his death (55mm, 117.88 g, 12h). By R. Karlzon for Sporrong.

     

    ALFRED NOBEL / CREAVIT ET PROMOVIT, bust facing slightly left; explosion to left and right, birth and death dates below / SOCIO MERITISSIMO REG ACAD SCIENTIARUM SUEC, stylized view of the Gotthard Tunnel, with a lit fuse of dynamite in foreground. Edge: SPORRONG.

     

    Choice Gem Mint State. Light brassy-bronze surfaces, with some cobalt highlights around the devices. An interesting and fairly scarce issue, with a mintage in bronze of just 500 examples.

     

    Known for inventing dynamite and bequeathing his fortune in order to fund what would become the Nobel Prizes, Alfred Nobel was a prolific inventor who held over 350 patents. In 1864, he founded the Nitroglycerin Aktiebolaget (Nitroglycerin Corporation), the world's first manufacturer of nitroglycerin. Shortly thereafter, he patented dynamite, with the explosive's first large scale usage being in the construction of the Gotthard Tunnel in Switzerland, where it was vital in the boring of the earth.

     

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