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GOETZ: K-137 The Russian Hydra, 1914


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K-137 Spottmunze auf Russland-1914 (Scoff medal to Russia)

1914, Cast Bronze, 58mm, VZ

 

Obverse: The German eagle attacks a three-headed hydra, consisting of the Russian bear, French coq and the English unicorn.

 

Reverse: "Russland und seine henkergesellen-der raudigen hydra raubgierig Bellen an deutschem Geistesollen zerschellen" (Russia and her hangmen companions of the bloodthirsty Hydra are rapaciously barking, but shall be destroyed by the German spirit).

 

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When the medals were originally made, how were they offered for sale?

 

Goetz created catalogs with available material listed for sale. He also began to get quite a following when he started producing the satirical series from WWI. Word of mouth via numismatic circles also helped.

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