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422, Lot: 710. Estimate $300.
Sold for $950. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

GERMANY, Drittes Reich. 1933-1945. Cast Æ Medal (72mm, 107.75 g, 12h). On the Torpedoing of the Aircraft Carrier HMS Courageous by U-29, 17 September 1939. By Guido Goetz. Dated 1939. RULE BRI TANNIA!, Half-length figure of Neptune, wearing haversack decorated with Union Jack, standing slightly left in ocean, supporting ship’s hull, inscribed COURAGEOUS and surmounted by aircraft, on shoulder, and trident; GUIDO GOETZ to right / DIE HIOBSBOTSCHAFT AN CHURCHILL, skeleton, draped in shroud, advancing right from ocean behind, holding banner inscribed with swastiska above TORPED./VON/DEUTSCH./“U”/BOOT/18. SEPT. 1939 in six lines. Cf. Engstrom 4 (issue in iron). EF. Apparently unique variety in bronze of an extremely rare medal by the son of Karl Goetz.

Ex Benedikt Laib Collection (G. Hirsch 285, 28 September 2012), lot 4823; Giessener Münzhandlung 68 (3 May 1994), lot 2002.