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Portrait medal by John Crocker of Sir Isaac Newton after the bust by Rysbrack.
Obverse: bust, to left, ISAACUS NEWTONUS I.C. [i.e., John Crocker]; reverse, Urania holding a plan of the solar system, FELIX COGNOSCERE CAUSAS 1726. The bust was struck at the Royal Mint, Tower of London, 1731. The date on the medal (1726) is Newton's death date, old style. The portrait is based on the so-called Conduitt bust by Michael Rysbrack in the collection of the Earl of Portsmouth. The image of Urania is taken from the pedestal of the bust. John Conduitt married Newton's niece and succeeded him as Master of the Mint; he is credited with commissioning the bust as well as other Newton monuments.
Newton, Isaac (Physicist, Mathematician)
Jan. 1, 1731
MEDIUM: Pewter; FORMAT: medal; LENGTH: 51 mm diam.; QUANTITY: 1
Topics: History of Science
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