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1916 Berlin Iron Medal from WW1

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Berlin Iron jewelry was first created in the early 1800's when the Prussian royal family urged citizens to contribute their gold to fund the war against Napoleon.  In return for their gold, citizens were given iron jewelry, usually inscribed with Gold gab ich für Eisen (I gave gold for iron), or Für das Wohl des Vaterlands (For the welfare of our country / fatherland).  Wearing the black, intricately designed Berlin Iron became a symbol of patriotism and wearing gold became passé and inappropriate.

The giving of iron jewelry and these medals, in exchange for gold, to fund a war effort was tried again in the First World War.  This medal, inscribed with "In Eiserner Zeit 1916" (In the Iron Time), on the front.  On the back, "Gold Gab Ich  Zur Wehr Eisen Nahm Ich Zur Ehr" (Gold I give for War, Iron I take for Honor), and in small print on the bottom "Hosaeus".  The medal was designed by Hermann Hosaeus, who designed many monuments, memorials, and medals.  The picture of the front of the medal is the truest example of the color of the entire medal.  This is an original from WW1.  Berlin Iron is very collectible and is becoming exceedingly difficult to find.

This item is sold out, but we do have a few other Berlin Iron items in stock.

For your enjoyment, all purchases ship gift wrapped.  This item will ship in a velvet pouch.  We offer layaway with no fees and interest.

Date: 1916

Weight: 18.9 grams or 12.1 dwt