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Medal for the famine 1816/1817

Brass,Silver-plated 33 mm, 12.8 grams

AV : A mother seats to the right on a stone, holding a child in the right arm, before it is another child leaned on it and holds the hand begging to the mother. Legend: O GIEB MIR BROD MICH HUNGERT. In the section: IETTON, at the foot of the stone, "Stettner (medalist from Bavaria)

RV : The cloud hangs a balance, in the left-shell weight of a stone, including 1 & 3L, in the right-shell seeds, including 12.KR, between the bowls: IMAAS BIER 1 / 8 1 / 2 KR, on the state line is an anchor and a sheaf grain, left and right, grain clusters. Caption: VERZAGET NICHT - GOTT OR LEBET NOCH. In the section: 1816.U 1817. / L

 

 

 

The eruption of the volcano Tambora in 1815 had global implications: The volcano was about 100 cubic kilometres of magma, dust and ash, and catapulted 400 million tons of sulphur gases up to 44 km high in the atmosphere. The ash and gases caused the global atmosphere to cool so much that 1816 in Europe and North America was called the "year without a summer". Cold and frost destroyed the crops, so that in many countries famine came.

Kingston Press release from the University of Rhode Iceland, Kingston

 

This medal was struck because of the famine caused by the eruption the previous year.

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The eruption of the volcano Tambora in 1815 had global implications: The volcano was about 100 cubic kilometres of magma, dust and ash, and catapulted 400 million tons of sulphur gases up to 44 km high in the atmosphere.

 

That's about 4 times the size of the 1883 Krakatoa eruption!

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Mary Shelley spent that summer (1816) in Switzerland working on a book that was surely influenced by the persistent miserable weather. Recall that the ending of _Frankenstein_ has the monster roaming over the ice of the Arctic pole region...

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