102554 | SWEDEN. Jöns Jacob Berzelius bronze Medal.
102554 | SWEDEN. Jöns Jacob Berzelius bronze Medal. Issued 1959 for the Tenth Nordic Chemists' Meeting in Stockholm (34mm, 20.64 g, 12h). By L. Holmgren at the Swedish Royal mint in Eskilstuna.
JÖNS JAKOB BERZELIUS / MDCCLXXIX MDCCCXLVIII, bust left // Seminude chemist standing right, holding up vial and inscribing upon scroll set upon knee; to left, chemistry equipment and serpent-entwined staff; olive tree to right; around, various chemical symbols, such as Ce (Cerium), Th (Thorium, presented here in the compound form of Thorium Oxide), and Se (Selenium, presented here in the compound form of Selenium Trioxide) [all discovered by him], as well as Fe (Iron) and Berzelius's symbol for water (expressed as a double-barred H with a dot above); also, the symbolic representations of compounds, such as 2Cu5A+3H2O, S+O3 (sulfur trioxide), CuO+SO3 (for copper(II) sulfate), and FeOAlO3+2FeSiO3, some of which show Berzelius's changing ways of nomenclature. Edge: MJV BRONS 1959.
Mint State. Light brassy-olive surfaces.
Referred to as the "father of Swedish chemistry," Jöns Jacob Berzelius was born in Östergötland in 1779, beginning his career as a physician before branching into various aspects of chemistry. In addition to isolating and discovering some new elements, such as Cerium, Thorium (named after the hammering Norse god), and Selenium, he was also a pioneer in the advancement of chemical nomenclature, utilizing Latin abbreviations for elements and proposing the use of overhead dots for elements with a corresponding number of Oxygen bonds.
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