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Germany: Boer War Satirical: British Lion with Burnt Paw

Germany: Boer War Satirical: British Lion with Burnt PawGermany: Boer War Satirical: British Lion with Burnt Paw
Germany: Boer War Satirical: British Lion with Burnt PawGermany: Boer War Satirical: British Lion with Burnt Paw
Form: Circular. White metal with attached loop.
By: Nolte & Co., Berlin
Date: 1900
Ref:  AM: 88; Hern: 202; ME: Germany 3; Laidlaw: 0212;
Variations:
SizeMetalMassValue
33 mmSilver16.6 gm$400
33.3 mmGilded Bronze16.0 gm$650
33 mmWhile Metal$250

Edge: Plain.

Obverse: Within a toothed border round the rim, crowned British lion standing on a rocky slope, body left, head front, holding up burnt paw with face expressing pain. At the top of the slope on left, fire billowing smoke over the lion’s head. On rocks beneath the fire: “TRANSVAAL” in an arc. Legend in German: “EINMAL SELBER KASTANIEN GEHOLT? / UND SO DIR GLEICH DIE PFOTEN VERKOHLT (For once pulled your own chestnuts from the fire? And in so doing have burnt paws)” .

Reverse: Within a toothed border round the rim, a shield bordered by a wreath behind of rose leaves, oak leaves and thistles. On shield across across in German: “DEN KLEINEN BUR / MIT GEWALTIGEN / STREICHEN / GROSSENGLAND / WOLLTE NIEDERBEUGEN / DA BRACHT ES IM EITLEN / SIEGESREIGEN / POTZBLITZ EIN / GANZES GESCHUTZ / ZUM SCHWEIGEN (Great Britain wanted to strike down the little Boer with vicious blows, but this brought her empty victories, and instantly her big guns were silenced)”.

Notes: The bronze medal is rare.