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Gold Coin Gerard van Swieten

Gold Coin
Gerard van Swieten

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The 50 Euro coin shows a profile portrait of the great man clasping a book. It is based on a number of contemporary portraits. In the background is the staff of Aesculapius (a staff entwined about by a serpent) as the symbol of this medical series. The reverse is a composite design of the Academy of Sciences, the handwritten text of the reform “Plan pour la faculté de medicine”, and a branch of the Swietenia Mahagoni.        

The Founder of the Vienna School of Medicine

As his name suggests, van Swieten originated in the Netherlands. The Empress Maria Theresa chose him as her personal physician, but it took two years of cajolery to persuade the reluctant van Swieten to move to Vienna. “I’d rather remain a small republican, than to render slavish service at a princely Court,” he insisted. But Maria Theresa also insisted, and in June, 1745, Gerard van Swieten arrived at the Viennese Court. He soon discovered that his position there was anything but that of a slave! The Empress entrusted her Court physician with the reform of medical training and he became the founder of the First Vienna School of Medicine, which was to provide the world with many great doctors and equally great breakthroughs in medical science.

He established a new Chair of Medicine at the University. He encouraged notable scholars and professors to come to Vienna. He saw to the establishment of a botanic garden in the Palace of Schönbrunn, to laboratories for chemistry and physics. The new university building was erected on his initiative – today’s Academy of Sciences in the (now) “Old University”. Van Swieten encouraged the study of the natural sciences, and his friend and protégé Jacquin named a species of plant after him: the “Swietenia Mahagoni”. As curator of the imperial library he influenced all branches of higher learning, but above all it was medicine that most profited from van Swieten’s drive. In 1753 he was rewarded with the title of Baron.

Gerard van Swieten died at Schönbrunn on 18th June, 1772, much lamented by his imperial mistress.

Date of Issue 31 January 2007
Quality Proof
Series Celebrated Physicians of Austria
Face Value 50 Euro
Coin Design Mag. Helmut Andexlinger
Diameter 22.00 mm
Alloy Gold Au 986
Fine Weight 10.00 g
Total Weight 10.14 g
Packaging Comes in a case complete with a numbered certificate of authenticity and protective slipcase
Year Uncirculated Proof Special Uncirculated
2007 - 50.000 -

The 50 Euro coin shows a profile portrait of the great man clasping a book. It is based on a number of contemporary portraits. In the background is the staff of Aesculapius (a staff entwined about by a serpent) as the symbol of this medical series. The reverse is a composite design of the Academy of Sciences, the handwritten text of the reform “Plan pour la faculté de medicine”, and a branch of the Swietenia Mahagoni.        

The Founder of the Vienna School of Medicine

As his name suggests, van Swieten originated in the Netherlands. The Empress Maria Theresa chose him as her personal physician, but it took two years of cajolery to persuade the reluctant van Swieten to move to Vienna. “I’d rather remain a small republican, than to render slavish service at a princely Court,” he insisted. But Maria Theresa also insisted, and in June, 1745, Gerard van Swieten arrived at the Viennese Court. He soon discovered that his position there was anything but that of a slave! The Empress entrusted her Court physician with the reform of medical training and he became the founder of the First Vienna School of Medicine, which was to provide the world with many great doctors and equally great breakthroughs in medical science.

He established a new Chair of Medicine at the University. He encouraged notable scholars and professors to come to Vienna. He saw to the establishment of a botanic garden in the Palace of Schönbrunn, to laboratories for chemistry and physics. The new university building was erected on his initiative – today’s Academy of Sciences in the (now) “Old University”. Van Swieten encouraged the study of the natural sciences, and his friend and protégé Jacquin named a species of plant after him: the “Swietenia Mahagoni”. As curator of the imperial library he influenced all branches of higher learning, but above all it was medicine that most profited from van Swieten’s drive. In 1753 he was rewarded with the title of Baron.

Gerard van Swieten died at Schönbrunn on 18th June, 1772, much lamented by his imperial mistress.

Date of Issue 31 January 2007
Quality Proof
Series Celebrated Physicians of Austria
Face Value 50 Euro
Coin Design Mag. Helmut Andexlinger
Diameter 22.00 mm
Alloy Gold Au 986
Fine Weight 10.00 g
Total Weight 10.14 g
Packaging Comes in a case complete with a numbered certificate of authenticity and protective slipcase
Year Uncirculated Proof Special Uncirculated
2007 - 50.000 -

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