Medal replica commemorating the sinking of the R.M.S. Lusitania created by Great Britain in 1915. This iron copy was produced as a propaganda measure against Germany.
The original Lusitania medal was designed by Karl Goetz and made in Germany. It was distributed to commemorate the sinking of the Lusitania by a German U-boat off the coast of Ireland on 7 May 1915. It showed the R.M.S. Lusitania sinking on the obverse and passengers buying tickets from a skeleton ticket seller on the reverse.
The Lusitania sinking with an aircraft and cannon on her deck; around above, KEINE BANN WARE! (translation : No contraband!); in exergue, DER GROSSDAMPFER LVSITANIA DURCH EIN DEUTCHES TAVCHBOOT VERSENKT 5 MAY 1915 (translation: The great steamship Lusitania has been sunk by German submarines 5 May 1915).
Death selling tickets from the Cunard office to a crowd of men, one of whom is reading a paper which warns of U-boat activity; around above, GESCHAFT VBER ALLES (translation: buisness above all); in exergue the original German artist's initials KG (Karl Goetz)
Transfer from National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), 15 Mar 1976
KEINE BANN WARE! DER GROSSDAMPFER LVSITANIA DURCH EIN DEUTCHES TAVCHBOOT VERSENKT 5 MAY 1915 GESCHAFT VBER ALLES KG
Type of item
55 mm (Outside Diameter)
Circular medal 55 mm in diameter.