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The E-Sylum: Volume 16, Number 10, March 10, 2013, Article 10

MORE ON NOBEL PRIZE MEDALS

Bill Eckberg writes:

Crick's Nobel. Amazing. This was for the most important discovery that is even theoretically possible in biology. I'd probably give my left nut for it. Alas, my left nut isn't worth a quarter million dollars.

Actually, the opening bid is now $500,000, so Bill would come up short regardless.

Crick Nobel medal obverse Crick Nobel medal reverse

Alan V. Weinberg writes:

Brunn Rasmussen, a Danish numismatic auction house, sold a 68 mm 23k (.992 fineness) 200 grams Nobel Prize gold medal awarded to Danish nuclear physicist Aage Niels Bohr awarded 1975 in their auction sale 835 on Nov 13, 2012 lot 5382 in Copenhagen. I easily brought this information to the fore using Google.

The massive gold medal was in its original morocco leather box of issue along with the accompanying original Nobel documents and other articles relating to his Nobel-awarded discoveries.

The medal and case and documents in one lot were estimated at 400,000 to 600,000 kroner (53.5 - 80.5K British pounds) and sold for only 280,000 kroner ( or 37,500 pounds).

In the same auction were numerous other Niels Bohr gold award medals including the Philadelphia Franklin Institute gold award medal, a similarly large impressive high grade gold cased medal.

This auction sale was advertised in Coin World in late October with images of the Nobel gold medal in the ad which is how I became aware of the sale.

To my recollection over the years, there have been other private and auction sales of the Nobel gold prize medal. One standing out is the 1970-80's offering of a gold Nobel prize medal by Wilshire Blvd Los Angeles coin dealer Clem Wodjak at a then- astonishing $25,000 price (undoubtedly bought for a tad over scrap, knowing Clem) - it was on the market many years before Clem apparently finally sold it. I had considered it at that time but felt it was then worth closer to 10 grand.

Thanks for the information. These are fantastic medals. Although the Heritage sale publicity states that this is "the first time that a Nobel Prize has been sold at public auction", the Brunn Rasmussen auction Alan cites is a counterexample. But it's a fabulously historic medal no matter what. Personally, I’d rank Crick above Bohr in the pecking order of science. Crick’s discovery is to biology what the unified field theory is to physics, and that’s been an unmet goal since Einstein’s time. -Editor

To read the earlier E-Sylum article, see: FRANCIS CRICK'S 1962 GOLD NOBEL PRIZE MEDAL TO BE AUCTIONED (www.coinbooks.org/esylum_v16n09a34.html)

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