101856 | GERMANY. Aesop's Fable silver Medal.
101856 | GERMANY. Aesop's Fable silver Medal. Issued circa 1800. The Tortoise & the Horse (30mm, 9.03 g, 12h). By Loos.
SCHIEBE NICHT AUF (do not put off for tomorrow...), horse rearing right, with head turned backward; to left, tortoise climbing up a hill / EILE ZUM ZIELE (...hasten to the goal today), hand reaching out, flanked by wings. Edge: Plain.
Sommer B42. Mint State. Rather deeply toned, with some reflective brilliance in the fields; some scattered marks are noted on the reverse.
This interesting piece seems to allude to a parallel or alternative telling of the "tortoise and hare" story with which we are all familiar. Here, the role of the hare is played by a galloping horse, which fits into the role quite seamlessly. The German legend essentially recounts the same message: do not put off for tomorrow that which can be done today.