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101922 | GERMANY. Four Horsemen/Propaganda silver Medal.

  • 101922

    101922  |  GERMANY. Four Horsemen/Propaganda silver Medal. Issued 1914. The Ravages of War (34mm, 12.38 g, 12h). By B. H. Mayer's mint in Pforzheim.


    The Four Horsemen 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 / ERINNERUNG / AN DEN / WELTKRIEG / 1914 in four lines; all within wreath. Edge: Plain, with loop attached at the top; fineness mark of "990" above wreath ties on the reverse.


    Cf. Zetzmann 2132 & 2160b; cf. Klose 22.7 (for overall type); Art of Devastation –. Mint State. Light gray toning, with a few burnished golden hints.


    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 Horsemen 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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