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Halley's comet

German
1920


Object Place: Germany

Accession Number

RES.23.163.2

Medium or Technique

Metal; copper alloy

Not On View

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Europe

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Medals

Circular medal commemorating the appearance of Halley’s comet in 1910.

Obverse: Sun, with face on surface, at center among clouds and three small stars, each with face on its surface, and Halley’s comet rising from below; inscribed at edge in two bands “JEDE WOLKE-SO SCHWARZ SIE DROHT-DEM HIMMEL ZUGEWANDT+/DOCH IHRE LICHTE SONNENSEITE HAT” and across field “KOMET HALLEY”.

Reverse: Twelve signs of the zodiac in band at edge and at center, within a star wreath, Halley’s comet descending between a serpent, a warrior, and a dog at proper right and a sea monster and a hare at proper left.

Inscription

Obverse: Inscribed at edge in two bands "JEDE WOLKE-SO SCHWARZ SIE DROHT-DEM HIMMEL ZUGEWANDT+/DOCH IHRE LICHTE SONNENSEITE HAT" and across field "KOMET HALLEY".

Provenance

1923, given to the MFA. (Accession Date: May 3, 1923)

Credit Line

Bequest of Helen O. Bigelow, by exchange