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DANIEL GABRIEL FAHRENHEIT Thermometer Silver Coin 5$ Palau 2014


This amazing coin is dedicated to Daniel Gabriel Fahrenheit born on May 24th, 1686 in Gdansk. He was a Prussian physicist and the inventor of measuring instruments. The coin has a real working thermometer with a scale from 57 to 90 degrees Fahrenheit. Very limited mintage of only 450 pieces worldwide.

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Daniel Gabriel Fahrenheit
Daniel Gabriel Fahrenheit (May 24,1686 – September 16,1736) was a German physicist, engineer, and glass blower who is best known for inventing the mercury-in-glass thermometer (1714), and for developing a temperature scale now named after him.
Fahrenheit was born in 1686 in Danzig (Gdańsk), the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth, but lived most of his life in the Dutch Republic. The Fahrenheits were a German Hanse merchant family who had lived in several Hanseatic cities. Fahrenheit's great-grandfather had lived in Rostock, and research suggests that the Fahrenheit family originated in Hildesheim. Daniel's grandfather moved from Kneiphof in Königsberg to Danzig and settled there as a merchant in 1650. His son, Daniel Fahrenheit (the father of the subject of this article), married Concordia Schumann, daughter of a well-known Danzig business family. Daniel was the eldest of the five Fahrenheit children (two sons, three daughters) who survived childhood. His sister, Virginia Elizabeth Fahrenheit, married Benjamin Ephraim Krueger of an aristocratic family from Danzig.

Daniel Gabriel began training as a merchant in Amsterdam after his parents died on 14 August 1701 from eating poisonous mushrooms. However, Fahrenheit's interest in natural science led him to begin studies and experimentation in that field. From 1717, he traveled to Berlin, Halle, Leipzig, Dresden, Copenhagen, and also to his hometown, where his brother still lived. During that time, Fahrenheit met or was in contact with Ole Rømer, Christian Wolff, and Gottfried Leibniz. In 1717, Fahrenheit settled in The Hague as a glassblower, making barometers, altimeters, and thermometers. From 1718 onwards, he lectured in chemistry in Amsterdam. He visited England in 1724 and was the same year elected a Fellow of the Royal Society. Fahrenheit died in The Hague and was buried there at the Kloosterkerk (Cloister Church).

In 2012, scientists made a computer image of his face using photos of his relatives.

  • CountryPalau
  • Year2014
  • Face Value5 Dollars
  • MetalSilver
  • Fineness (purity)925/1000
  • Weight (g)31.1 (1 oz)
  • Diameter (mm)50
  • QualityProof
  • Mintage (pcs)450
  • Certificate (COA)Yes
  • Presentation case (box)Yes
The coin reproduces the signature of Daniel Gabriel Fahrenheit and his name with a thermometer to complete the design. The real peculiarity of the coin is, however, a real working thermometer incorporated into the coin that will display the current temperature if between 57 and 90 degrees Fahrenheit. On the obverse there is the coat of arms of the Repubblic of Palauand the nominal value.