100571 | GERMANY, AUSTRIA-HUNGARY, BULGARIA, & OTTOMAN EMPIRE. Silver Medal.

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    100571 | GERMANY, AUSTRIA-HUNGARY, BULGARIA, & OTTOMAN EMPIRE. Wilhelm II, Franz Joseph, Ferdinand I & Mehmet V silver Medal. Issued 1916. World War I series: The Quadruple Alliance (33mm, 18.54 g, 12h). By F. König in Nürnberg.

     

    VEREINT / IM / KAMPFE / FÜR DIE / SACHE DER / MENSCHLICH / KEIT! / WELT - KRIEG / 1914 - 1916, uniformed busts of Ferdinand, wearing fur cap, Mehmet, wearing fez, Franz Joseph & Wihelm II; between them, a downward-facing sword draped with laurel wreath and piercing dragon / DURCH KAMPF ZUM SIEG (victory is achieved only through struggle), soldier advancing right, wielding torch and sword; to right, Fama holding banner and sounding trumpet. Edge: SILBER 990.

     

    Zetzmann 3053. Gem Proof. Exceptionally lustrous and brilliant surfaces, with a light cameo nature to the devices; some light toning near the peripheries.

     

    The Quadruple Alliance of WWI emanated from the alliance of Germany and Austria-Hungary in 1879. The Ottoman Empire (in November 1914) and the Kingdom of Bulgaria (in October 1915) joined after the outbreak of the war, though the former had maintained a close relationship with both Germany and Austria-Hungary for a number of years. Economics were the main facet for an Ottoman entry, as Germany played an important role in the empire's financial growth and success, while reclamation was the major goal of Bulgaria, as she wished to win back territory ceded to Serbia during their losses in the Balkan Wars of 1912-1913.

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