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Hungary 2,000 Forint 2022. 150th Birthday of Pharmacist Gedeon Richter. Copper-nickel BU
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Hungary 2,000 Forint 2022. 150th Birthday of Pharmacist Gedeon Richter. Copper-nickel BU

150th Birthday of Pharmacist Gedeon Richter
A pharmacist, founder of the speciality pharmaceutical company that bears his name, and a pioneer in the industry.
He got his pharmacology degree at Budapest University in 1895, and by 1907 he was the head of the first pharmaceutical company in Hungary, that got a patent for hydrogen peroxide tablets in 1912 and were used in World War I. He already had 24 patents when the war started.
By World War II he had 10 subsidiaries and representatives on 5 continents. As a practicing Jew, he was removed as a director in 1942 so he managed the company from his house until 1944 when most work stopped. Even though he could have fled to Switzerland, he did not want to leave the company. He and his wife were hidden by Raoul Wallenberg with more than a thousand other Jews. After being caught, Richter was murdered by the Hungarian national socialists in December 1944 along with others shot, and thrown into the Danube.

BU

CuNi

Mintage 7,000

28.43 mm

14 g


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