More than 100 years after his prime, German medallic satirist Karl
Goetz is remembered because of the biting nature of many of his works.
One such medal, commenting on “American neutrality” before America’s
entry in the war, is among lots in Stephen Album Rare Coins’ Sept. 14
and 15 auction in Santa Rosa, California.
The 1915 bronze medal features on its obverse a facing bust of
President Woodrow Wilson, who was able to keep Americans out of the
war for more than two-and-a-half years. A suited Wilson appears
wearing glasses and a laurel wreath. A scarf lies with both ends on
his shoulders displaying eagles, one of which is two-headed.
Surrounding are his name and a legend translating to “liberty,
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The reverse shows Uncle Sam seated on a pile of cannonballs, holding
a ship in one hand and bag of money in the other hand, with a cannon
and other armaments in the background. The legend AMERIKA’S NEVTRALES
HANDELN, meaning “America’s neutral trading,” is a reference to the
American trade with both sides early in the conflict and financial
support from American banks loaning to allies in France and the United Kingdom.
The medal measures 56 millimeters in diameter and is graded Mint
State 65 brown by Numismatic Guaranty Corp.
It has an estimate of $250 to $350.