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RICHARD P. FEYNMAN'S 1965 NOBEL PRIZE MEDAL IN PHYSICS FOR HIS FUNDAMENTAL WORK IN QUANTUM ELECTRODYNAMICS

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  • 1965 Nobel Prize Medal in Physics, awarded to Richard Phillips Feynman for his fundamental work in Quantum Electrodynamics
Nobel Prize medal, struck in 23 carat gold, designed by Erik Lundberg and manufactured by the Swedish Royal Mint. Obverse with bust of Alfred Nobel left, in field left, ALFR·/ NOBEL; behind head to right, NAT·/MDCCC/ XXXIII/ OB·/ MDCCC/ XCVI; at left edge, before bust, E· LINDBERG 1902. Reverse with, INVENTAS · VITAM · IUVAT · EXCOLUISSE · PER · ARTES (Life is enhanced through the arts of discovery) — REG · ACAD · — SCIENT · SUEC · (The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences); below, incuse, on tablet in exergue,  R · P· FEYNMAN / MCMLXV, Nature, in the form of a goddess, standing left, her right arm holding a cornucopia, a figure representing the Genius of Science, standing right, holding up the veil of Science; in field, left, NATURA, in field, right SCIENTIA / ERIK / LINDBERG; the edge marked MJV (Mynt ochs Justeringsverket [Royal Mint and Assay]) GULD 1965; weight: 182.57 g.; diameter: 66 mm (2 5/8 in.). Housed in the original red morocco case, top of case with border of a double-gilt rule and gilt dot-fillet, corner tools, and recipient's name (R.P. FEYNMAN) in the center; the fitter interior lined with suede and satin; interior case edges with gilt dentelles.  WITH: Richard P. Feynman's Nobel Prize Diploma: 2 vellum leaves (13 1/4 x 9 1/4 in; 336 x 235 mm) laid down in a crushed red morocco binding, covers with a border of 3 gilt fillets, the front cover with central gilt laurel enclosing Feynman's initials.  Both leaves with calligraphic inscriptions in Swedish; the left-hand leaf with a design in ink, gouache, and gilt, by artist Elsa Noreen meant to give an idea of the movement of electrons around the protons. Protective cloth clamshell case.  AND: Richard P. Feynman's 1965 Nobel Festival Personal Program, in original oblong black leatherette case (6 x 3 1/2 in) AND: Traduction des Discours à la Fête Nobel 1965. Oblong 8vo. (5 3/4 x 4 in), verso with doodles of Feynman diagrams drawn by Feynman, apparently during the Nobel ceremony.
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