TYPE: Medal
DIMENSIONS: 1.75 in. diameter
COMPONENTS: The obverse bearing Heine's name above his profile and the motto: "CHARITY IS THE CROWN OF ALL VIRTUES". The reverse depicts a front view of the hospital with its name "ISRAEL COMMUNITY HOSPITAL" and at bottom mentions the donation in Betty Heine's name, dated "HAMB[URG 1841"
CONDITION: Very good.
ITEM ID: 4970
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Solomon Heine Commemorative Medal

Year: 1841
Decade: 1840s
Century: 19th (1801-1900)

Contemporary German bronze, non-portable, commemorative medal.

Salomon Heine (1767-1844) was a German merchant and banker in Hamburg. Penniless, he came to Hamburg in 1784 and in the following years acquired one of the greatest fortunes in the country. In 1837, Heine’s wife Betty died, and in her memory he donated 80,000 marks to fund the building of the “Israel Hospital” in Hamburg. The hospital remains in operation to this day.