Germany: Farewell/protest Medal for "Des Philanthropins" School of Frankfurt, 1979; tombak (no maker-mark), 80mm, 120.2g: the "Das Philanthropin zu Frankfurt am Main" (also known as "Real- und Volksschule der Israelitischen Gemeinde") was one of the largest and longest-lasting Jewish schools in Germany, founded in 1804 by Siegmund Geisenheimer (and inaugurated by Moses Mendelssohn); closed by the Nazis in 1942, the building was re-opened as an administrative center for the Jewish community in 1954 and sold to the municipality in 1978 (being subsequently re-opened again 2006 as part of the I. E. Lichtigfeld School). The medal commemorates the then sad occasion of the building's closure and is engraved a "Farewell Medal" on the obverse with the founding and ending dates of 1804 - 1979, and on the reverse a darkly comical image adorned with the legend "in the beginning there was the idea... in the end it was [just about] money". The grind-box says "Public Opinion". In UNC with a few traces of holder residue.
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