100441 | GERMANY & GREAT BRITAIN & UNITED STATES. Satirical cast iron Medal.
100441 | GERMANY & GREAT BRITAIN & UNITED STATES. Satirical cast iron Medal. Dated 1916. Totentanz World War I series: The Sinking of the RMS Lusitania (68mm, 12h). By W. Eberbach.
HEIMTÜCKE U GEWARNTER LEICHTSINN AN BORD D LUSITANIA (malice and forewarned recklessness on board the Lusitania), Death (as a skeleton) standing over the sinking Lusitania in taunting stance / DEM / VERÄCHTER / DER WARNUNG / WOODROW / WILSON / 1916 (to the despiser of warnings, Woodrow Wilson) in six lines within scalloped polylobe.
Steguweit 16; The Art of Devastation, p. 105, fig. 35 & p. 264, 60; Frankenhuis 1497; MH 438. Graded PCGS SP65. Attractive steel-gray surfaces. Scarcely encountered so pristine. For cert verification, please follow this link.
Part of Eberbach's 'Death' series, this haunting piece recounts the sinking of the Lusitania from the German perspective, denying their responsibility and instead placing it upon US president Woodrow Wilson. The contents on board (referenced on the obverse) are an allusion to the munitions which the Lusitania was secretly carrying—a violation of the warnings issued in February 1915.
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