WW2 Karl Goetz 1939 U-47 Captain Gunter Prien bronze medal U-boat U47 sinking of Royal British Navy ships battleship HMS Royal Oak and cruiser HMS Repulse on 10/14/39 (K-564). Huge NGC-graded 102-mm cast bronze medal – VERY rare early WW2 era type.
Rare early WW2 era huge bronze medal commemorating one of the early-war German Navy victories – Captain Lieutnant Günter Prien’s U-47 submarine Scapa Flow harbor sneak attack and the sinking of the battleship HMS Royal Oak and battlecruiser HMS Repulse on October 14, 1939 (Kienast reference #564). The sinking of HMS Repulse was later proven to be incorrect; she was sunk by the Japanese off the coast of Malaya two year later. This is the rare high relief 102-mm “large type” cast bronze medal that was sold in very small quantities. As the war progressed the German fortunes began to turn sour; making and selling commemorative medals kind fell out in Germany. Since not a lot of these huge medals were made to begin with and even fewer were actually sold, this type is VERY hard to find nowadays.
The medal retained its original mate finish; it is in pretty much “as-made” condition with a very attractive dark chocolate-brown patina. No typical rim nicks, dings, or scratches; AU Details grade due to a few light tool marks on obverse. Professionally authenticated and graded by NGC – America’s leading numismatic grading service (NGC certification #4821242-006). This Karl Goetz 1939 U-47 Captain Gunter Prien bronze medal came out of an old collection assembled several decades ago. It might be many more years before a similar specimen becomes available for sale – don’t miss your chance!
Karl Goetz was born in Augsburg, Germany and studied in Leipzig, Berlin, Dusseldorf, Utrecht, Le Locle (Switzerland), and in Paris. With the start of WWI Karl Goetz became an artist known around the world for his 1914-1923 satirical medals. Overall, Goetz created about 180 satirical medals and close to 800 medals overall; all are very collectible and highly prized today. He also designed a series of pattern coins, tokens, and medals for the German Empire, the Weimar Republic, and the Third Reich Germany. Karl Goetz survived WW2 and died in his native Munich in 1950.
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