I Gave Gold for Iron - The Great War through the Medium of the Medal

Gold gab ich für Eisen. Der Erste Weltkrieg im Medium der Medaille

Am Kupfergraben, Berlin, 10117
Admission: EUR 10 (entry to Bode Museum, this exhibition is free) 
THIS EXHIBITION IS NO LONGER OPEN - it ended on 01/03/2015
Opening Times
Monday: Closed
Tuesday: 1000 - 1800
Wednesday: 1000 - 1800
Thursday: 1000 - 2000
Friday: 1000 - 1800
Saturday: 1000 - 1800
Sunday: 1000 - 1800
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Medal by Ludwig Gies, 1917
© Bode Coins and Medal Cabinet
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Picking objects from its own collection, the Coins and Medal cabinet exhibits items directly connected with WWI.

The exhibition especially evokes the phenomenon of Notgeld (emergency currency) particularly important in Germany and Austria. This action was done when when many municipalities and even companies started printing ersatz notes to make up for the lack of small-denomination coins.

While the printing of Notgeld was a reflection of serious metal shortages, the artist editions of Great War medals and the elaborate designs on the scores of Notgeld notes were a sign of 'patriotic luxury'.

Never before in the history of medallic art was such an exceptional array of fine-art medals produced (including many by young modern artists) as in these four years.

If the exhibition is focused on this german patriotism, there is also the view from outside the German Empire with features examples of medals from the Allies.

© Bode Museum