German medallic artist Karl Goetz has a rich legacy of artwork,
especially of a satirical nature.
One piece coming up for sale in Presidential Coin & Antique
Co.’s auction No. 86, ending Aug. 29, however, simply celebrates a
news event, with no perception of its grave consequences.
According to researcher Gunter Kienast, in The Medals of Karl
Goetz, the artist often found inspiration for his works by reading
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“Goetz, stirred by an exciting event, would sit down at his bench
and spontaneously create a medal which interpreted the newspaper
account he had just read,” wrote Kienast.
When Adolf Hitler was nominated as chancellor by President Paul von
Hindenburg on Jan. 30, 1933, Goetz memorialized the event in medallic
form. The “With Hindenburg For Germany” medal (cataloged by the
researcher as Kienast 484) was one such example.
The medal commemorates Hindenburg’s nomination of Hitler as
chancellor and Franz von Papen as vice chancellor. This example
measures 139.6 millimeters in diameter.
The obverse features busts of Hindenburg, Hitler and Von Papen with
their names around.
The reverse displays a German soldier holding a shield whose
inscription translates to “National Front,” while slaying a dragon.
According to H. Joseph Levine, of the auction firm, Goetz submitted
this medal to the Brown House, the Nazi Party headquarters for all of
Germany, for approval, but after a long wait, approval was denied as
the reverse did not display a swastika and Goetz was not a party
member. A later, edited, design was made with a swastika on the
shield; that design was approved and struck in 60-millimeter and
Graded About Uncirculated by Levine, the offered medal, of the
earlier, sans swastika, design, has an estimate of $1,750+.