I spotted a great medal in Joe Levine's latest
e-mail token and medal mini sale list #29. It's another Karl Goetz item.
GERMANY. BLACK SHAME MEDAL, 1920. Kienast 262. 56.8mm. Cast Bronze. Karl
Goetz, Sc. Edge marked: 'K. GOETZ" Choice About Uncirculated. Obverse bust right of an African soldier with exaggerated features wearing a French helmet facing right. The legend above translates as "The Watch on the Rhine." Dated 1920 to the back of the neck. Below: LIBERTE/ EGALITE/
FRATERNE/TE. On the reverse, a slumped naked figure of Lorelei is tied to a tree in the form of an erect penis capped by a French helmet. The German legend, DIE SCHWARZE SCHANDE translates as "The Black Shame."
On this medal, Goetz protests against the use of black colonial French troops in order to occupy the Rhine territory, and their alleged sexual excesses. Next to the Lusitania medal, it is undoubtedly the most famous of all of Karl Goetz's medals. $650.00
You don't see THAT on a medal every day. What happens when the medal gets a little rubbing?
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