Historical and Art Medals, Numismatic Books (10 May 2007)

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Date of Auction: 10th May 2007

Sold for £300

Estimate: £150 - £200

Die Wacht am Rhein!! [The Watch on the Rhine], 1920, a cast bronze medal by K. Goetz, helmeted bust of French colonial soldier right, rev. naked female tied to a symbolic male penis, DIE SCHWARZE SCHANDE [The Black Shame], 58mm (K. 262; Dräger, Die Kunstmedaille in Deutschland V, p.137, 63; Jones, Dance of Death, 52; Jones, Art of the Medal, 399; cf. DNW 46, 842). Good very fine and rare; one of the most poignant and viciously powerful medallic images of the 20th century (£150-200)

Footnote

Plate 22. Issued in protest against the decision to send black French colonial troops to occupy the Rhineland