102493 | GERMANY & the ENTENTE. German Peace Overtures Refused bronze Medal.
102493 | GERMANY & the ENTENTE. Refusal of the German Peace Overtures cast bronze Medal. Dated 1916. "Friedensangebot der Mittelmüchte"—on the presentation of peace proposals to the Entente from the Central Powers (58mm, 53.20 g, 12h). By K. Goetz in München.
FRIEDENS ANGE-BOT / DER MITTELMÆCHTE (offering of peace by the Central Powers), dove, with olive branch in beak alighting left from armored hands // DIE “TAVBEN" (the "doves"), Briton seated right, putting dove in cage held by Russian; caricatured personifications of other members of the Entente Powers behind. Edge: Plain.
Kienast 187. Gem Mint State. Pleasing tan-brown surfaces.
Ex Dr. van Osch "Pax in Nummis" Collection.
This medal recounts the German attempt to seek a conclusion to a war dragging on for over two years at that point. While a peaceful dove bearing an olive branch is set free from Germany's iron grip on the obverse, an entirely different reception is depicted upon the reverse. There, various Entente Powers and aligned interests are seen either caging the dove or holding others back from interfering. In typical Goetz fashion, the specific Power represented comes in the form of overt stereotyping for maximum satirical effect.
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