National Medal of Science sells in Christie’s auction

A National Medal of Science made by Medallic Art Company and awarded in 1968 to J. Presper Eckert sold for $20,000 at a Christie’s auction in New York City, Steve Roach of Coin World (www.coinworld.com) reported on 7/7/2017.

Eckert (1919 to 1995) received the medal in recognition of his “pioneering and continuing contributions in creating, developing, and improving the high-speed electronic digital computer.”

The medal was produced by Medallic Art Company with an obverse depicting a man, surrounded by earth, sea, and sky, contemplating and struggling to understand Nature. The crystal in his hand represents the universal order of the basic units of living things while the formula outlined in the sand symbolizes scientific abstraction.

It was designed by Don De Lue and was based on a design by Richard H. Bolt, associate director for planning at the National Science Foundation. The design was approved by President Dwight D. Eisenhower in Executive Order 10910, signed Jan. 17, 1961.

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