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Boxed WWI Lusitania Medal with Original Leaflet
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In 1915 British Intelligence learned that the Germans had struck a medal to commemorate the sinking of the passenger liner Lusitania in 1915, a medal that had been intended to suggest that the British had been illegally shipping war materiel on the ship. British Intelligence then struck their own version of the medal, with a leaflet that stated that the German medal actually reflected the celebration by Germany of an act of barbaric piracy. The medal was sold in Britain and in the United States as a method of generating support for the Allied cause. This is one of those propaganda medals. It is contained within its original box and it is still accompanied by the original explanatory leaflet. The medal is approximately 2 1/8 inches in diameter, with the box being 3 inches by 3 inches. The box shows typical wear and age, and the paper hinge has separated, but the box is complete. The leaflet also shows age, with some spots and a few small holes, but it is completely legible and it is really remarkable that it survived at all. The medal is in excellent condition.