British copy of German Lusitania medallion

1977.150

On display

British replica Lusitania medallion, an example of thousands that were mass-produced by the British Government as anti-German propaganda during the aftermath of the sinking of RMS Lusitania. They capitalized on an error made by German art medallist Karl Goetz, who featured the wrong date on his original medallion - '5 Mai'. The Government were able to point to this as evidence that the attack was in fact pre-meditated murder. These medallions were sold in presentation boxes and the money raised helped to support the British war effort.