in LeoFinance14 days ago

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Yesterday we had a wild golden piece appearing in my posts...But today we return to our regular schedule of silver coins...from Germany :p

So, this time we have...



The one and only Carl Friedrich Gauss!

Now that's a fella I love! And you should do. Cause he was awesome.

Long story short, he was a German mathematician and scientist, widely considered as one of the greatest mathematicians ever. His contributions were in all kinds of fields like number theory, statistics, astronomy, geometry and physics. Nicknamed the prince of Mathematics, he is considered to be one of the founders of modern number theory. Feel free to visit Wikipedia if you'd like to read up more on him.

Back to the coin now. I really don't like the design of the portrait here. He looks like a soulless zombie lmao. I really wish they had done a better job since I am a fan of him. Oh well 😥

Portrait by by Christian Albrecht Jensen, 1840, Public Domain

Anyways, time to flip the coin on the other side



As is the case with all the German commemorative coins we have seen, we have a unique design of the imperial chicken, denomination (5 marks) and the minting date. Unlike with the portrait of gauss, I really like what they did with the chicken here. Beautiful!

And of course let's not forget the edge. Germans always pay attention to the details and place some unique and related to the theme text, which is one of the reasons I like them so much:



It reads



Few, but ripe

Hmmmm 🤔

That sounds cryptic!

I asked Google Gemini about it, this is that what it had to say

This quote is attributed to German mathematician Carl Friedrich Gauss, and it is said to have been one of his favorites. It expresses the idea that it's better to do a few things well and thoroughly than to do many things poorly or incompletely. The emphasis is on quality over quantity.

If he wasn't a mathematician... He would make a great life coach 😁

Something I forgot to mention is that this is a commemorative coin issued in 1977 for the 200th Anniversary since the birth of Carl Friedrich Gauss.

When it comes to silver we get the usual 0.625 purity and weight of 11.2 g. That's exactly 7 grams of pure silver.

Today's spot stands at 0.93$ per gram so this little fella has a melting value of about 6.5$.

Here are some more quick stats from Numista in case you care

Issuer: Federal Republic of Germany
Period: Federal Republic (1949-date)
Type: Non-circulating coin
Year: 1977
Value: 5 Deutsche Mark (5 DEM)
Currency: Deutsche Mark (1948-2001)
Composition: Silver (.625) (Copper .375)
Weight: 11.2 g
Diameter: 29 mm
Thickness: 2.07 mm
Shape: Round
Technique: Milled
Orientation: Medal alignment ↑↑
Demonetized: 31 December 2001

And this my fellow plebs concludes today's post. I am a fan of Gauss so naturally I love having this piece in my collection. I just wish they had done a better job with his portrait 😄

As always, see you soon with more shiny!

Stack on!

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I love it when you mention the melt value yet feel apprehensive that an ignorant soul may end up melting it and destroy a fine specimen that has survived and so much of history being made over the years.

Sad thing is some people would do just that, melt it!

The melting value is mostly used as a point of reference, to show the minimal possible price. However it's true silver pieces with not much numismatic value end up being melted for whatever reason

I think he is most famous for his research of magnetism. Thats why magnetic power is counted in Gauss.

True, that's how I first heard of him when I was a kid !

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He looks like a character out of a Christmas Carol with Ebinezer Scrooge.

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Nice! Gauss was legendary, great that they gave him a coin! That one is really cool, and the eagle is quite as anorexic either!

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I looked at the coin and saw the detail of the edge, it is an extra that gives some elegance to the coin, a kind of tribute to this mathematician, it certainly leaves a mark


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Nice coin. It's nice to learn about the price of mathematics.

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