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Poacher Catching or Wildlife Protection Medal

Back in the early 1970’s I bought this medal out of a Henry Christensen coin auction. It was written up as a German award for catching poachers. It is a heavy .800 fine silver cross with gold plated discs and star bursts mounted on the centers of both sides.. On the obverse is a fairly standard shooting medal design mounted on the center signed “E. Pinke Berlin” which is a new one to me. The reverse has a center disc engraved “I. // Ritter // Sch. G. // Wildschutz // 22. 7. 14.” in five lines. “I. Ritter” could be a name or a rank as it is written. The “Sch. G.” are abbreviations for what I may never know. “Wildschutz” would mean wildlife protection or poacher as my German-English dictionary lists it. The date is July 22, 1914. I am sure that the Germans were not awarding medals to poachers so the wildlife protection for which this medal was awarded could very well have included catching poachers.

About Fred Borgmann

Retired from KP after nearly 31 years as new issues editor and the Standard Catalogs.
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