Commemorative Medal of Captain Karl Spindler

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SKU: 02.WMR.0206.101.01.000

Estimated market value:

$225 USD

  • Commemorative Medal of Captain Karl Spindler Obverse
  • Commemorative Medal of Captain Karl Spindler Reverse
  • Commemorative Medal of Captain Karl Spindler Obverse
  • Commemorative Medal of Captain Karl Spindler Reverse
  • Commemorative Medal of Captain Karl Spindler Obverse

Estimated market value:

$225 USD

Attributes

  • Country
    Germany
  • Composition
    Bronze
  • Inscription
    Obv.: BLOCKADE DURCH BRUCH S.M. HILFSKREUZER LIBAU (AUD) NACH IRLAND 8.-22. April 1916 KAPITÄN KARL SPINDLER KOMMANDANT S.M.S. LIBAU Rev.: Ᾱrd Cóṁairle na Saoirse in Aimeriocá do ḃronn 1931
  • Size
    34.5mm
  • Image Licensing
    https://www.emedals.com/a-scarce-captain-karl-spindler-of-the-blockade-runner-libau-aud-1916-1931-medal-by-godet

History


The Commemorative Medal of Captain Karl Spindler was manufactured 1931 in Germany. It was awarded to survived members of the SMS Libau crew.

The medal commemorates the fiftieth anniversary of the unfortunate journey of the German steamboat Libau, commanded by Lieutenant Karl Spindler on the Irish coast. The ship was trying to smuggle weapons into Ireland to help the Irish nationalists, who organizing an anti-British Easter uprising.

The obverse of the medal shows the bust of Karl Spindler. At the bottom the bust is sided with two crossed olive branches. The translation to the circumscribed is “Blockade Runner His Majesty’s Auxiliary Cruiser Libau (Aud) Heading towards Ireland”. The two semi-circular lines translates into “Captain Karl Spindler Commander of His Majesty’s Ship Libau”.

The centre of the reverse displays an Irish inscription in seven horizontal lines, translates to “In Recognition for Services to Ireland During Easter 1916”. The circumscribed in Irish means “Decorated by the US Executive Committee for Freedom”.

The original ribbon illustrating the colours of the Irish and German Empire flags.

The medal which was presented to Karl Spindler by John T. Ryan in New York was manufactured of pure gold.

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