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Ophthalmological Numismatics
March 2002

March 2002

Arch Ophthalmol. 2002;120(3):346. doi:10.1001/archopht.120.3.346

Allvar Gullstrand, 1862-1930, was professor of ophthalmology at Uppsala, Sweden, and inventor of the slitlamp microscope. For his contributions to the physiology and function of the human eye, he received the Nobel Prize for Medicine in 1911. This silver medal was struck by Erik Lindberg in 1935 for the Royal Swedish Academy of Science. The obverse (Figure 1) depicts Gullstrand's bust facing right. It is surrounded by an inscription. The reverse (Figure 2)is a cross in the sky surrounded by clouds. Arcana Oculorum Videntibus Oculis Perspexit is the inscription on the reverse. This translates to, "He was the secrets of the eye with his vision."