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K-223 CARNIVAL-1919 (Fasching-1919), Cast Bronze, 58.3mm, Wt. 68.2g, VZ


Created by Goetz to show his sentiment that the German people had no reason to celebrate Carnival in 1919 due to the political and economical turmoil in Germany at the time.


Obverse: The German eagle with a padlock on its beak and shedding tears is shown as a rock embedded in the ground. On his back a May-pole with couples dancing around it to music supplied by four musicians; on the left, a crowd of agitators listens to a speaker; in the foreground, a reparation figure swings a hammer to destroy the Kaiser’s helmet. On the ground, a Frenchman holds the eagle’s foot while and Englishman clips its claw (power).


Reverse: Devil’s head with serpents in place of horns; on either side, bombs girt by serpents, symbolizing Bolshevism. Inscription reads “Die neue Gefahr im Ostem” (The New Danger in the East). On ribbon, “Bolshevism.”



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