Medal commemorating first free balloon stratospheric flight of Professor Auguste Piccard and Dr. Paul Kipfer

Medal commemorating first free balloon stratospheric flight of Professor Auguste Piccard and Dr. Paul Kipfer (medal) Medal commemorating first free balloon stratospheric flight of Professor Auguste Piccard and Dr. Paul Kipfer (medal)

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Medal commemorating first free balloon stratospheric flight of Professor Auguste Piccard (1884-1962) and Dr. Paul Kipfer, in balloon FNRS, from Augsburg in Germany, 27 May 1931. Silver; 36mm diameter, 2mm thickness. Rim: Bayer. Hauptmunzamt. Feinsilber. [Bavarian State Mint]. Obverse: Professor A. Piccard - Dr. P. Kipfer. Double portrait, full heads facing front, looking slightly to right. Artist signed beneath: K. Goetz. Reverse: legend: Stratospharenflug. mit Riedinger. Freiballon. 15,781 m[etres]. 27. V. 1931. Start Avgsbvrg. ; scene: balloon above clouds, over cityscape of Augsburg. Piccard designed a spherical, pressurised aluminium gondola allowing ascent to great altitude without requiring a pressure suit; he gathered much data on the upper atmosphere and studied cosmic rays; the first of 27 balloon flights

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Category:
Coins, Medals & Tokens
Object Number:
1950-318/25
Materials:
silver
type:
medal
credit:
Penn-Gaskell Collection