100442 | GERMANY & GREAT BRITAIN. Satirical cast bronze Medal.

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    100442 | GERMANY & GREAT BRITAIN. Satirical cast bronze Medal. Dated 1915 (though a later casting). The Awakening of Egypt (57mm, 12h). By K. Goetz.

     

    SIR GREY ZEIG' DEINE MACHT! (Sir Grey, show your strength!), facing bust of Sir Edward Grey (1st Viscount Grey of Fallodon), with a concerned look on his face and clasping his hands together in supplication; behind, Death (as a skeleton) whispering into his ear and holding an hourglass over his other shoulder / Sphinx right, head left, upon ground line inscribed ÄGYPTEN/ERWACHT (Egypt awakens) in two lines; in background, star and crescent (the Ottoman Empire) over the pyramids, with Ottoman troops rallying. Edge: KGOETZ.

     

    Kienast 166. Graded PCGS SP62. Attractive brown surfaces, with a pleasing two-tone nature. For cert verification, please follow this link.

     

    Following the defeat of Egyptian forces in the Anglo-Egyptian War of 1882, Great Britain occupied the former Ottoman province, though the latter empire still claimed suzerainty even after Egypt was declared a British protectorate in 1914. In order to formally reinstate their influence in the region, Ottoman forces attacked their British counterparts in Egypt the following year, with the powers of the first world war starting to align themselves. This particular medal was a jab by Goetz at Sir Edward Grey, then British Foreign Secretary, urging him to stand up to the rising unrest against the British occupation of the region.

     

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