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Germany > Gotha: 'Cuckold Medal' ("Hahnrei medaille") w/ 'Feather Jew' motif (ND), c. 1700, by Christian Wermuth; cast in white metal (silver?); size: 31mm; weight: 10.3g. Obv.:
Item code: 0130311

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Germany > Gotha: 'Cuckold Medal' ("Hahnrei medaille") w/ 'Feather Jew' motif (ND), c. 1700, by Christian Wermuth; cast in white metal (silver?); size: 31mm; weight: 10.3g. Obv.: antlered Jew riding large cock, 5 smaller roosters in background; legend around: "WER KEINER I ST DER KAN NOCH EINER | WER DEN" ['Where no-one can become someone']. Rev.: decorated open chest on tiled floor w/ pair of antlers from behind; double-ringed legend: "DIE LADE FVHRT DIE GRÖSTE ZVNFFT AVF ERDEN | VM MANCHEN IST ES EWIG SCHADE" ['The clouds drove the guild off the ground, To some it is eternal pity']; 4 line legend on box: "DAS ER KÖMT | IN DIE | HAHNREY | LADE". Not documented in any research works on Jewish medals, it most closely resembles the anti-Semitic/satiric "feather Jew" medals which played on the alleged sexual-financial prowess of Jews during times of famine. In EF-AU with traces of luster; Fieweger-133, Feill-3431.