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CNG 91, Lot: 1665. Estimate $150.
Sold for $120. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

GERMANY, Weimarer Republik. 1918-1933. Æ Medal (58mm, 71.63 g, 12h). Code Napoléon. By K. Goetz. Dated 1920. FRANZÖSISCHE RECHTSPRECHUNG (French court ruling), French colonial troops attacking German women; in two lines to upper right, CODE/NAPOLÉON; sword and sheath in foreground / WUSTLINGE AM RHEIN! (“the lechers on the Rhine!”), city view with rioting in the streets and buildings marked as brothels for the colonial forces . Kienast 274. Choice EF, a few marks.

Duplicates from the Medal Collection of the American Numismatic Society (acquired as a gift from Howland Wood, Christmas 1931).

An early piece representative of Nazi racial propaganda, this medal criticizes the French for their occupation of troops on the Rhine and the alleged sexual exploits of the colonial African forces against German women and establishments.