100667 | GERMANY. Four Horseman/Propaganda bronze Medal.
100667 | GERMANY. Four Horseman/Propaganda bronze Medal. Issued 1915. World War I series: The Ravages of War (60mm, 94.12 g, 12h). By B. H. Mayer's mint in Pforzheim.
The Four Horseman of the Apocalypse—holding bomb, torch, sword, and scythe, respectively—riding left over the globe (focused upon the eastern hemisphere) plunging into the clouds; a bomb explodes over Eastern Europe / ZUR ERINNERUNG / AN DEN / WELTKRIEG / 1914/15 in five lines; all within wreath, with crossed sword and torch at ties. Edge: Plain.
Cf. Zetzmann 2132 (silver; smaller module). Mint State. Pleasing brown surfaces, a few light marks. A rare and powerful type.
As both sides of this first global war began to dig in, the immense scale and tremendous toll began to emerge, as advancements in technology allowed for far greater devastation and ravages to unfold. This medal quite appropriately portrays the Four Horseman of the Apocalypse, plunging the entire globe into chaos and destruction, with grenades—a new aspect to contemporary warfare—being hurled by one of the riders.
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