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Sinking of the Lusitania


Iron, 50mm. Original design by Karl Goetz.  KEINE BANN WARE above view of sinking ship.  In exergue 'DER GROSSDAMPFER = LUSITANIA = DURCH EIN DEUTSCHES TAUCHBOOT VERSENKT 5 MAY 1915.  R. GESCHAFT VBER ALLES  Skeleton in Cunard Line office sells tickets to queueing gentlemen.
Ex David Rogers collection.

British replica Lusitania medallion, produced as anti-German propaganda during the aftermath of the sinking of RMS Lusitania. They capitalized on an error made by German art medallist Karl Goetz, who featured the wrong date on his original medallion - '5 Mai'. It was actually sunk on the 7th of May, The Government were able to point to this as evidence that the attack was in fact pre-meditated murder. These medallions were sold to support the British war effort. Some 300,000 British copies were made on the instructions of Captain Reginald Hall RN, Director of Naval Intelligence. The financial outlay for the production of many of these was covered by Mr Gordon Selfridge, the department store owner, at a cost of several thousand pounds to himself.


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