tabbs Posted July 23, 2007 Report Share Posted July 23, 2007 The third German collector coin to be issued in 2008 will honor the physicist Max Planck. He was born in Kiel, SH in 1858 - thus 150 years ago by the time the coin comes out - and died in Göttingen, NI in 1947. Planck was a professor in Kiel and Berlin, and is considered to be one of the "fathers of quantum mechanics". And in case you have no idea what the Black Body Radiation Law is (like me), you could have asked Planck who developed it ... Design Competition - Overview The coin will be made in Stuttgart (mintmark F). The edge inscription is "Dem Anwenden muss das Erkennen vorausgehen". That Planck quote means, according to the Max Planck Society, "Insight must precede application". http://www.bbr.bund.de/cln_005/nn_21470/DE.../MaxPlanck.html Winning Design: Michael Otto The winning design, depicted above, shows a portrait of Max Planck next to his radiation law (see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Planck%27s_law). http://www.bbr.bund.de/DE/WettbewerbeAussc...rty=default.jpg Second Prize: Marek Lipowski This design visualizes that law, with the E=hv formula in the middle. The eagle design is inspired by the curves on the other side. http://www.bbr.bund.de/DE/WettbewerbeAussc...rty=default.jpg Third Prize: Lucia Maria Hardegen Hardegen combines a portrait and a small depiction of the curves. The jury said, however, that the Planck portrait is not that characteristic. http://www.bbr.bund.de/DE/WettbewerbeAussc...rty=default.jpg Fourth Prize: Karl Wunderlich Wunderlich depicts the black body radiation. According to the jury, the design is innovative but the relation to Planck is not really recognizable. http://www.bbr.bund.de/DE/WettbewerbeAussc...rty=default.jpg Side note - in the list of collector coins to be issued in 2008 (see http://www.coinpeople.com/index.php?showtopic=10131) I already mentioned that Max Planck was also honored on two earlier German coins: * Federal Republic 2 DM (minted 1957-1971) That was the regular 2 mark circulation coin between 1958 and 1973. http://www.reppa.de/images/JA_img/big/av/5392157239.gif http://www.reppa.de/images/JA_img/big/rv/5392157239.gif * GDR 5 M (Planck born 125 years ago) The GDR (East Germany) issued that collector coin in 1983. http://www.muenzenladen.de/nvCOM/images/ddr/5mark/8109.jpg Christian Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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