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1918 - WWI, 70 Million Suffer in Germany SOLD

This satirical medal by Karl Goetz commemorates the events of November 1918 in Germany that led to and the end of the First World War. By early November 1918, many cities in Germany had been taken over by workers' and soldiers' councils. On November 9th, the Social Democrats announced that the Kaiser had abdicated - at that particular time he had not. But there was a general strike in Berlin and the Social Democrats feared that extremists would take over and anarchy would occur. The Social Democrats announced that Germany was now a republic (led by a civilian government and not by a monarch), and that the country would be run by the Reichstag. The Kaiser fled to Holland on the 11th November and an armistice was declared. The obverse of the medal shows Germany prostate on the ground, his feet being bound, and the Allies, including France, at his throat. The diameter is 58 mm and the condition about Extremely Fine. This medal has been sold.
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