102329 | GERMANY & MONTENEGRO. Nikola's Daughters of Fate cast bronze Medal.
102329 | GERMANY & MONTENEGRO. Nikola's Daughters of Fate cast bronze Medal. Dated 1916 (82mm, 143.85 g, 12h). By K. Goetz in München.
NIKITAS SCHICK SALS TOECHTER, the daughters of Nikola I of Montenegro as The Fates, with each daughter's name inscribed below them on the pediment upon which they stand: Militza (wife of Grand Duke Peter Nikolaivich of Russia), holding torch, Stana (Anastasia, wife of Grand Duke Nikolai Nikolaivich of Russia), holding key surmounted by skull, and Elena (wife of Victor Emmanuel III of Italy), holding serpent // DER SCHWARZEN BERGE (the Black Mountains [= Montenegro]), three hissing serpents entwined about bloody sword pointed left; NIEDER – LAGE (defeat) across field above blade. Edge: K•GoeTz.
Kienast 189. Choice Mint State. Lighter brown surfaces, with great textured relief and highlights. A scarcer larger-format issue from the period of World War I.
Ex PS Collection of Medals of the Great War.
Ex Westfälische Auktionsgesellschaft 76 (7 September 2016), lot 868.
Here, Goetz alludes to the downfall of Montenegro as being the result of the king's daughters marrying into enemy families—namely, into Italy (who had an alliance with Austria-Hungary and Germany, but instead later chose neutrality) and into Russia (who was on the side of the Entente Powers). They are presented in the form of the Three Moirai, or Fates, on the obverse, turning instead into hissing serpents atop a blood-soaked sword on the reverse.
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