NOBEL PRIZE MEDAL. Nobel Peace Prize Medal awarded in 1909 to Auguste Beernaert (1829-1912) for his work at the Permanent Court of Arbritration. 23 carat gold, 66mm diameter. Profile bust of Alfred Nobel facing left on obverse, legend 'ALFR. NOBEL' and his birth and death dates in Roman numerals around edge, signed at lower right 'Model G. Vigeland', reverse with allegorical group of three standing male figures, legend 'PRO PACE ET FRATERNITATE GENTIUM' around edge, the edge inscribed 'PARLAMENTUM NORVEGIAE AUGUSTO BEERNAERT MCMIX'; red morocco gilt case. [With:] the accompanying diploma signed by the five representatives of the Norwegian Nobel Prize committee, Kristiania, 10 December 1909, in Norwegian, the text partly engraved, completed in manuscript, engraved decorative border, on paper, approx. 515 x 421mm, rolled in a red cardboard case, paper label (now split) 'Monsieur Beernaert, Ministre d'Etat, Membre de la Chambre des Représentants'. Provenance: by descent from
NOBEL PRIZE MEDAL. Nobel Peace Prize Medal awarded in 1909 to Auguste Beernaert (1829-1912) for his work at the Permanent Court of Arbritration. 23 carat gold, 66mm diameter. Profile bust of Alfred Nobel facing left on obverse, legend 'ALFR. NOBEL' and his birth and death dates in Roman numerals around edge, signed at lower right 'Model G. Vigeland', reverse with allegorical group of three standing male figures, legend 'PRO PACE ET FRATERNITATE GENTIUM' around edge, the edge inscribed 'PARLAMENTUM NORVEGIAE AUGUSTO BEERNAERT MCMIX'; red morocco gilt case. [With:] the accompanying diploma signed by the five representatives of the Norwegian Nobel Prize committee, Kristiania, 10 December 1909, in Norwegian, the text partly engraved, completed in manuscript, engraved decorative border, on paper, approx. 515 x 421mm, rolled in a red cardboard case, paper label (now split) 'Monsieur Beernaert, Ministre d'Etat, Membre de la Chambre des Représentants'. Provenance: by descent from
NOBEL PRIZE MEDAL. Nobel Peace Prize Medal awarded in 1909 to Auguste Beernaert (1829-1912) for his work at the Permanent Court of Arbritration. 23 carat gold, 66mm diameter. Profile bust of Alfred Nobel facing left on obverse, legend 'ALFR. NOBEL' and his birth and death dates in Roman numerals around edge, signed at lower right 'Model G. Vigeland', reverse with allegorical group of three standing male figures, legend 'PRO PACE ET FRATERNITATE GENTIUM' around edge, the edge inscribed 'PARLAMENTUM NORVEGIAE AUGUSTO BEERNAERT MCMIX'; red morocco gilt case. [With:] the accompanying diploma signed by the five representatives of the Norwegian Nobel Prize committee, Kristiania, 10 December 1909, in Norwegian, the text partly engraved, completed in manuscript, engraved decorative border, on paper, approx. 515 x 421mm, rolled in a red cardboard case, paper label (now split) 'Monsieur Beernaert, Ministre d'Etat, Membre de la Chambre des Représentants'. Provenance: by descent from
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NOBEL PRIZE MEDAL. Nobel Peace Prize Medal awarded in 1909 to Auguste Beernaert (1829-1912) for his work at the Permanent Court of Arbritration. 23 carat gold, 66mm diameter. Profile bust of Alfred Nobel facing left on obverse, legend 'ALFR. NOBEL' and his birth and death dates in Roman numerals around edge, signed at lower right 'Model G. Vigeland', reverse with allegorical group of three standing male figures, legend 'PRO PACE ET FRATERNITATE GENTIUM' around edge, the edge inscribed 'PARLAMENTUM NORVEGIAE AUGUSTO BEERNAERT MCMIX'; red morocco gilt case. [With:] the accompanying diploma signed by the five representatives of the Norwegian Nobel Prize committee, Kristiania, 10 December 1909, in Norwegian, the text partly engraved, completed in manuscript, engraved decorative border, on paper, approx. 515 x 421mm, rolled in a red cardboard case, paper label (now split) 'Monsieur Beernaert, Ministre d'Etat, Membre de la Chambre des Représentants'. Provenance: by descent from
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NOBEL PRIZE MEDAL. Nobel Peace Prize Medal awarded in 1909 to Auguste Beernaert (1829-1912) for his work at the Permanent Court of Arbritration. 23 carat gold, 66mm diameter. Profile bust of Alfred Nobel facing left on obverse, legend 'ALFR. NOBEL' and his birth and death dates in Roman numerals around edge, signed at lower right 'Model G. Vigeland', reverse with allegorical group of three standing male figures, legend 'PRO PACE ET FRATERNITATE GENTIUM' around edge, the edge inscribed 'PARLAMENTUM NORVEGIAE AUGUSTO BEERNAERT MCMIX'; red morocco gilt case. [With:] the accompanying diploma signed by the five representatives of the Norwegian Nobel Prize committee, Kristiania, 10 December 1909, in Norwegian, the text partly engraved, completed in manuscript, engraved decorative border, on paper, approx. 515 x 421mm, rolled in a red cardboard case, paper label (now split) 'Monsieur Beernaert, Ministre d'Etat, Membre de la Chambre des Représentants'. Provenance: by descent from the recipient.

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NOBEL PRIZE MEDAL. Nobel Peace Prize Medal awarded in 1909 to Auguste Beernaert (1829-1912) for his work at the Permanent Court of Arbritration. 23 carat gold, 66mm diameter. Profile bust of Alfred Nobel facing left on obverse, legend 'ALFR. NOBEL' and his birth and death dates in Roman numerals around edge, signed at lower right 'Model G. Vigeland', reverse with allegorical group of three standing male figures, legend 'PRO PACE ET FRATERNITATE GENTIUM' around edge, the edge inscribed 'PARLAMENTUM NORVEGIAE AUGUSTO BEERNAERT MCMIX'; red morocco gilt case. [With:] the accompanying diploma signed by the five representatives of the Norwegian Nobel Prize committee, Kristiania, 10 December 1909, in Norwegian, the text partly engraved, completed in manuscript, engraved decorative border, on paper, approx. 515 x 421mm, rolled in a red cardboard case, paper label (now split) 'Monsieur Beernaert, Ministre d'Etat, Membre de la Chambre des Représentants'. Provenance: by descent from the recipient.

'Auguste Beernaert was one of Belgium's most skilful lawyers. In 1873 he became a member of the Government, and from 1884 to 1894 he was King Leopold II's Prime Minister. After resigning from the Government, however, he became opposed to the King because of the brutal policy pursued in the Congo, but he remained a member of parliament all his life. It was through his inter-parliamentary work and at the international peace conferences at the Hague in 1899 and 1907 that he became known as a friend of peace. At the Hague, among other assignments, he headed the commission dealing with the laws and customs of land warfare, and with regard to the question of neutrality he pleaded the cause of the small states. When the first case came up before the International Court at the Hague in 1902 (USA against Mexico), Beernaert acted for Mexico. Towards the end of his life, Beernaert endeavored to prevent aerial warfare. A few days before he died he submitted a proposal against such warfare' (Nobelprize.org. Nobel Media AB 2014). The prize was awarded jointly to Beernaert with Paul d'Estournelles de Constant.

The Nobel Peace Prize, founded in 1901, is arguably the most famous of all prizes: its best-known recipients have included Martin Luther King Jr, Mother Teresa and Nelson Mandela. ONLY TWO OTHER PEACE PRIZE MEDALS ARE KNOWN TO HAVE BEEN SOLD AT PUBLIC AUCTION: the 1903 award to Sir Randal Cremer (Sotheby's London, November 1985) and the 1936 award to Carlos Saavedra Lamas (Stack's Bowers, Baltimore, March 2014).

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