102495 | GERMANY & GREAT BRITAIN. Reichstag's Peace Offers cast bronze Medal.
102495 | GERMANY & GREAT BRITAIN. Peace Offers of the Reichstag cast bronze Medal. Dated 1917. "Friedensformel des Deutschen Reichstages" (58mm, 68.06 g, 12h). By K. Goetz in München.
WIE DERHERSTELLVNG (restoration), British Prime Minister David Lloyd George standing left, pointing to map inscribed FLANDERN and haranguing British Parliament not to accept the terms; seated to right, Nikola Pašić, Prime Minister of Serbia, and Sidney Sonnino, Italian Minister of Foreign affairs; each of their names above them, within a halo bearing a flame // FRIEDENSFORMEL DES DEVT SCEN REICHSTAGS (peace formula of the German Reichstag), half-length figure of Reichskanzler Georg Michaelis, holding palm frond and coat-of-arms of Lorraine inscribed JEDEM DAS SEINE (to each his own) on border; applauding hands to lower left. Edge: Some light marks as made, otherwise plain.
Kienast 192. Choice Mint State. Tan-brown surfaces, with a delightful matte nature.
Ex Dr. van Osch "Pax in Nummis" Collection.
As the war stalled on, attempts were made in Germany to seek an end without much in the way of political, economic, or geographic concessions—outside of the Alsace-Lorraine region (indicated as a concession on the medal’s reverse). As these attempts were obviously seen in the guise of "having your cake and eating it too," they received no interest from the Entente Powers. Nevertheless, it represented a clarion reminder that the war effort may not be going the way in which Germany had initially conceived. Here, Goetz seemingly alludes to the "holy" and wholly sanctimonious nature of those negotiating on the other side, given the haloes over the heads of the three Entente representatives on the obverse.
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