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Goetz, Karl,  1915, Cast bronze, Satirical medal, 57.0mm, 59.80g., Frankenhuis 1432

K-165 ABUSE OF NEUTRAL FLAGS (Flaggenbetrug)

Obverse:  An English sailing vessel marked "Edward Grey" sails with hoisted neutral flags of Holland, Spain, and Denmark. Death, in the uniform of an English admiral, holds two flags, one of Italy, the other of the United States while guaranteeing the wavering Lord Grey a safe voyage. Below, 1915.

Reverse:  Bordered by a life-buoy inscribed with "Honi • soit • qui • mal• y • pense -" (evil to him that evil thinks), is the inscription, "Mit neu-tralen Flaggen Hoheits gebietend stellt sich zur wehr der edle Brite der Weltmeerbeherrscher nach Seerduber Sitte" (The noble Englishman ruling the oceans defends himself with the aid of neutral flags as is the habit of pirates). K-G bisected by laurel sprig.

Freshly liberated from a 1970's collection.

Grade:  VZ (XF)


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