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Alexander Humboldt

German (Prussia)
19th century


Dimensions

Diameter and weight: 41 mm (1 5/8 in.)

Accession Number

30.84

Medium or Technique

Metal; bronze

Not On View

Collections

Europe

Classifications

Medals

Circular medal of Alexander Humboldt (1769-1859), a Prussian naturalist.

Obverse: Profile bust of Alexander Humboldt looking to proper right; inscribed at edge and on bust.

Reverse: Inscribed in heavey oak-leaf wreath at center; inscribed below.

Inscription

Obverse: Inscribed at edge "ALEXANDER AB HVMBOLDT" and "NAT.XIV SEPT MDCCLXIX" and on bust "C.PFEEFFER F.".

Reverse: Inscribed in wreath "FLORA SVBT./IRRIT.VEG.ET AN./ITER AMERIC./GEOGR.PLANT./DISQ.GEOL.ET/MAGN./LIN.ISOTH." and below "G.LOOS DIR.".

Provenance

By 1930, Malcolm Storer; 1930, given by Malcolm Storer to the MFA. (Accession Date: February 6, 1930)

Credit Line

Gift of Malcolm Storer