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Gold Coin Ignaz Philipp Semmelweis
50-euro gold coin 2008 Semmelweis reverse
50-euro gold coin 2008 Semmelweis packed

Gold Coin
Ignaz Philipp Semmelweis

Product No. 14673

€  509.14

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The gold coin has a portrait of the celebrated doctor himself together with the staff of Aesculapius, which is the logo for the entire series. The reverse has a bird’s eye view of the old General Hospital in Vienna, where Semmelweis was stationed in the childbirth clinic. An insert to the right shows a doctor and a student in the act of disinfecting their hands before examining a patient.              

The Mothers’ Saviour

The coin is dedicated to Dr. Ignaz Semmelweis, who in the mid-19th century correctly diagnosed the cause of childbed fever and through the promotion of disinfecting hands and instruments became the saviour of thousands of women and babies in childbirth.

Semmelweis was born in Budapest in 1818, but came to Vienna to study medicine in the renowned school of medicine established by Gerard van Swieten (2007’s coin) in the previous century. It was while working in the childbirth section of the Vienna General Hospital from 1847 onwards that Semmelweis made his observations on childbed fever and introduced the washing and disinfection of hands with a solution of chlorinated lime. The mortality rate in his ward reduced itself by half.

He argued his discoveries in a book called “The Aetiology, Concept and Prophylaxis of Childbed Fever”, but his work was not received in all medical circles without controversy. It was not until after Semmelweis’s own death in 1865 that his theories received general recognition. Nonetheless thousands of mothers and their babies were to owe their lives to the ground-breaking work of the “Saviour of the Mothers”.

Date of Issue 30 January 2008
Quality Proof
Series Celebrated Physicians of Austria
Face Value 50 Euro
Coin Design Thomas Pesendorfer
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
2008 - 50.000 -

The gold coin has a portrait of the celebrated doctor himself together with the staff of Aesculapius, which is the logo for the entire series. The reverse has a bird’s eye view of the old General Hospital in Vienna, where Semmelweis was stationed in the childbirth clinic. An insert to the right shows a doctor and a student in the act of disinfecting their hands before examining a patient.              

The Mothers’ Saviour

The coin is dedicated to Dr. Ignaz Semmelweis, who in the mid-19th century correctly diagnosed the cause of childbed fever and through the promotion of disinfecting hands and instruments became the saviour of thousands of women and babies in childbirth.

Semmelweis was born in Budapest in 1818, but came to Vienna to study medicine in the renowned school of medicine established by Gerard van Swieten (2007’s coin) in the previous century. It was while working in the childbirth section of the Vienna General Hospital from 1847 onwards that Semmelweis made his observations on childbed fever and introduced the washing and disinfection of hands with a solution of chlorinated lime. The mortality rate in his ward reduced itself by half.

He argued his discoveries in a book called “The Aetiology, Concept and Prophylaxis of Childbed Fever”, but his work was not received in all medical circles without controversy. It was not until after Semmelweis’s own death in 1865 that his theories received general recognition. Nonetheless thousands of mothers and their babies were to owe their lives to the ground-breaking work of the “Saviour of the Mothers”.

Date of Issue 30 January 2008
Quality Proof
Series Celebrated Physicians of Austria
Face Value 50 Euro
Coin Design Thomas Pesendorfer
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
2008 - 50.000 -

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