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CNG 91, Lot: 1668. Estimate $200.
Sold for $450. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

GERMANY, Weimarer Republik. 1918-1933. Æ Medal (60mm, 63.51 g, 12h). Scarcity of Living Space. By K. Goetz. Dated 1921. WAS–AUCH HIER NOCH EIN/WOHNRAUM? (“what, yet another living room?”), housing inspector standing facing, opening the door to a bathroom; disgruntled family to right / View of the typical living conditions: triple bunk bed, with each bunk shared by two individuals; food is kept in the drawers of a chest; a baby is sleeping in a wicker basket under the table. Kienast 280. Choice EF.

Duplicates from the Kisch Medal Collection sold on behalf of the American Numismatic Society.

Following the ravages of World War I, the scarcity of living space allowed for very small number of square footage per person, and was enforced by inspectors who would record and utilize any surplus space. During this time, three to four families could be crammed into just one apartment.