Silver medal.(obverse) Bust of Urban Hiaerne, right, hair long, flowing in front, mantle over his shoulders.
(reverse) A skull, on which is a branch of bay, a serpent gliding through the socket of the eye. Above, on one side, shines the sun, and on the other is the crowned shield of the Tott family in clouds, from which falls rain: On the ground near the skull is the symbol of the Alchemist for Salia.
- Made in: Sweden (?)
- Diameter: 34 millimetres
Inscription ContentVRB . HIÄRNE . M . D . SOC . REG . ANGL.
Inscription TranslationUrban Hiaerne, M.D., Fellow of the Royal Society of England.
Inscription Typemaker's mark
Inscription ContentA. Karlsten.
Inscription ContentGott und Tott.
Inscription ContentVIVITVR INGENIO.
Inscription TranslationMan lives by talent.
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This medal is well executed by Arvid Karlsteen, of whose works an account may be found in Lochner, Johann Hieronymus, ‘Samlung merkwürdiger Medaillen’, 8 vol., Nürnberg, 1737-1744, II. pref.
Urban Hiaerne was a native of Sweden. He was born in 1641, and was educated at Upsala, where he studied medicine. At a very early age his talents attracted the notice of his countryman, Count Tott, who furnished him with the means of extending his studies by visits to other countries. Hiaerne came to London in 1669, and during his visit was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society. He then studied for two years in Paris, and returned home. Having occupied himself with mineralogy, Hiaerne was made Vice-President of the Council of Mines in Sweden. He was also Chief Physician to the King and President of the Council of Medicine. He died 22 March, 1724. This medal, which was struck long before Hiaerne had reached the zenith of his fame, refers to his natural talents, which were bestowed on him by heaven, and to the encouragement which his learning received from his benevolent patron Count Tott.
See Gaetani, Pier Antonio, Count., ‘Museum Mazzuchellianum seu Numismata Virorum doctrina præstantium, &c.’ II. Pl. cxxvii. 5.
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