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  • Richard Klein  1915 

    OTTO VON  —  WEDDIGEN.  Cast iron, blackened, 31.22 mm, 11.56g.  Vorzüglich (extremely fine).  Rare in iron (see below).

    Obverse: Three-quarter full face portrait to left in commander's cap and dress collar; title legend left and right edges, respectively. 

    Reverse: Across center field a sturgeon to left amongst coral branches at left and right; two-line inscription center above fish U / 29; center below fish  ✠ (Iron Cross); legend KRIEG — 1915 lower edge, left and right; artist's initials R - K lower center.

    Cf: Bernhart, Max.  1915.  Kriegsmedaillen bayerischer Künstler, pl. III, no. 25 (obverse illustrated).

    Cf: Bernhart, Max.  1917.  Die Münchener Medaillenkunst der Gegenwart, pl. 31, nos. 188, 188a.

    Cf: Schulman.  1917. La Guerre Européenne, Catalogue LXVII, p. 67: 653 (silver and iron examples).

    Cf: Bekker, Gerd.  2001.  Europäische Plaketten und Medaillen des 19. und 20. Jahrhunderts: Bestandskatalog der Sammlung des Grassimuseums Leipzig / Museum für Kunsthandwerk, p. 166: no. 838 (iron).

    Cf: Klose, Dietrich O. A. 2016.  Europas Verderben 1914 1918: Deutsche und österreichische Medaillen auf den Ersten Weltkrieg, p 194: 12:27 (silver).


    One of three small-format medals by Richard Klein of early-war heroes (also Hindenburg and Mackensen) issued in cast silver, bronze, and iron, the latter now apparently the scarcest due to likelihood of corrosion.

    Kapitänleutnant Otto Eduard Weddigen (1882 - 1915), commander of U-9, gained fame for his interception and sinking of three British warships, HMS Aboukir, HMS Hogue, and HMS Cressy, within less than a hour on 22 September 1914.  He lost his life 18 March 1915, along with all crewmen aboard the U-29, when the U-boat was rammed by HMS Dreadnought.  Although not of noble ancestry, this and several other medals inserted the "von" prefix to his family name (Klose, p. 194).

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Richard Klein  1915 

OTTO VON  —  WEDDIGEN.  Cast iron, blackened, 31.22 mm, 11.56g.  Vorzüglich (extremely fine).  Rare in iron (see below).

Obverse: Three-quarter full face portrait to left in commander's cap and dress collar; title legend left and right edges, respectively. 

Reverse: Across center field a sturgeon to left amongst coral branches at left and right; two-line inscription center above fish U / 29; center below fish  ✠ (Iron Cross); legend KRIEG — 1915 lower edge, left and right; artist's initials R - K lower center.

Cf: Bernhart, Max.  1915.  Kriegsmedaillen bayerischer Künstler, pl. III, no. 25 (obverse illustrated).

Cf: Bernhart, Max.  1917.  Die Münchener Medaillenkunst der Gegenwart, pl. 31, nos. 188, 188a.

Cf: Schulman.  1917. La Guerre Européenne, Catalogue LXVII, p. 67: 653 (silver and iron examples).

Cf: Bekker, Gerd.  2001.  Europäische Plaketten und Medaillen des 19. und 20. Jahrhunderts: Bestandskatalog der Sammlung des Grassimuseums Leipzig / Museum für Kunsthandwerk, p. 166: no. 838 (iron).

Cf: Klose, Dietrich O. A. 2016.  Europas Verderben 1914 1918: Deutsche und österreichische Medaillen auf den Ersten Weltkrieg, p 194: 12:27 (silver).


One of three small-format medals by Richard Klein of early-war heroes (also Hindenburg and Mackensen) issued in cast silver, bronze, and iron, the latter now apparently the scarcest due to likelihood of corrosion.

Kapitänleutnant Otto Eduard Weddigen (1882 - 1915), commander of U-9, gained fame for his interception and sinking of three British warships, HMS Aboukir, HMS Hogue, and HMS Cressy, within less than a hour on 22 September 1914.  He lost his life 18 March 1915, along with all crewmen aboard the U-29, when the U-boat was rammed by HMS Dreadnought.  Although not of noble ancestry, this and several other medals inserted the "von" prefix to his family name (Klose, p. 194).

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