• 5 Deutsche Mark 1968, KM# 123, Germany, Federal Republic, 150th Anniversary of Birth of Max Joseph von Pettenkofer
  • 5 Deutsche Mark 1968, KM# 123, Germany, Federal Republic, 150th Anniversary of Birth of Max Joseph von Pettenkofer
Description

Max Joseph Pettenkofer, ennobled in 1883 as Max Joseph von Pettenkofer (1818–1901) was a Bavarian chemist and hygienist. He is known for his work in practical hygiene, as an apostle of good water, fresh air and proper sewage disposal. He was further known as an anticontagionist, a school of thought, named later on, that did not believe in the, at the time novel concept, that bacteria were the main cause of disease. In particular he argued in favor of a variety of conditions collectively contributing to the incidence of disease including: personal state of health, the fermentation of environmental ground water, and also the germ in question. He was most well known for his establishment of hygiene as an experimental science and also was a strong proponent for the founding of hygiene institutes in Germany. His work served as an example which other institutes around the world emulated.

Engraver: Hans Karl Burgeff

Obverse

Depicts stylized Federal Eagle in the centre, surrounded by the country name, facial value divides issue date. Mintmark of Bavarian Central Mint (D) below the eagle.

The coat of arms of Germany displays a black eagle with red feet, beak and tongue on a golden field. This is the Bundesadler or "Federal Eagle", formerly the Reichsadler or "Imperial Eagle". It is a re-introduction of the coat of arms of the Weimar Republic (in use 1919–1935) adopted by the Federal Republic of Germany in 1950. The current official design is due to Tobias Schwab (1887–1967) and was introduced in 1928.

· DEUTSCHE MARK ·
BUNDESREPUBLIK DEUTSCHLAND
5
19 68
D

Reverse

Portrait of Max Joseph von Pettenkofer left, his name above, dates of his births and death below.

MAX · V · PETTENKOFER ·
1818 - 1901

Edge

HYGIENE AIMS TO ESTABLISH THE EVIL ROOT

HYGIENE STREBT, DER ÜBEL WURZEL AUSZUROTTEN

5 Deutsche Mark

150th Anniversary of Birth of Max Joseph von Pettenkofer

KM# 123 Schön# 121 Jaeger# 398
Characteristics
Type Commemorative Issue (Circulating)
Material Silver
Fineness 0.625
Weight 11.2 g
Diameter 29 mm
Thickness 2.07 mm
Shape round
Alignment Medal
Alt # KM# 123.1, KM# 123.2
Mint
Bavarian Central Mint (D)

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