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Object ID 1943.038.005
Object Name Medal
Collection Commemoratives/Souvenirs
Credit line Gift of William Winder Laird, Jr.
Date 1915
Made Karl Goetz (original design)
Description British copy of the original satirical medal produced by Karl Goetz after the sinking of the RMS Lusitania off the coast of Ireland by a German submarine on May 7, 1915. One side depicts the Lusitania going down with "Keine Bann Warr" (no contraband) above, while the reverse shows the figure of Death selling tickets to a crowd of passengers at the Cunard Line booking office who are ignoring warnings about submarine activity with "Geschaft uber Alles" (business above everything) above. The medal comes in a burgundy cardboard presentation box with a lithographed picture of the Lusitania on the cover. Inside is the original printed anti-German propaganda leaflet.
Dimensions Dia-2.25 inches
Dimension Details medal dimensions (it is 3/16" thick); box dimensions are 3 1/8" x 3 1/8" x 3/8"
Owned T. Coleman DuPont
Provenance The donor received this item from his cousin, T. Coleman DuPont (1863-1930) in1921.
Subjects Medals
World War I
Submarine warfare
Search Terms World War I
Lusitania Sinking
Karl Goetz
Twentieth Century
Commemorative Medals
Material Iron
Place of Origin England
Event Sinking of the RMS Lusitania