102153 | GERMANY. Wilhelm II silver Medal.
102153 | GERMANY. Wilhelm II silver Medal. Issued 1914 in commemoration of his "speech from the throne," opening the Reichstag (33mm, 18.01 g, 12h). By L. C. Lauer in Nürnberg.
WILHELM II • DEUTSCHER KAISER–KÖNIG v. PREUSSEN, bare head left / ICH KEN= | NE KEINE / PARTEIEN | MEHR, ICH / KENNE NUR | DEUTSHCHE! (I no longer know any parties, only Germans!) in three lines across field; downward facing sword; NACH DER THRONREDE AM 4 AUGUST 1914. Edge: SILBER 990.
Zetzmann 2014. Choice Mint State. Light gray toning, with some enticing cobalt-driven toning and shimmering brilliance in the fields.
In early August, the German Emperor, Wilhelm II, opened the Reichstag with a rousing speech that sought to unify the various factions within the German Empire, with the hope for a swift end to war which would, in the end, last just over four long years and ultimately cause the Kaiser his throne.
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