obverse design : dove, olive branch in beak, flying out from beneath the Papal tiara. Below the tiara a key, the handle of
which is wrought in the form of the ornate monogram "BXV" (Benedict XV)
obverse text : "15.AVGUST.1917"
reverse design : Woodrow Wilson, his head surrounded by a glory, a British soldier in pill-box hat, Poincaré and Russian Cossack all
represented in caricature within a sailing boat which is heavily laden with bags of money
reverse design : "VERLORENES SPIEL"
In this 1917 medal Goetz commemorates the failure of peace proposal of Pope Benedict XV on 15 August 1917. The Pope, an
able diplomat, was crucially compromised by political circumstances in Italy and the fact that the Entente Powers had, by the secret Treaty
of London, agreed that the Papacy should have no formal role in the eventual peace negotiations. Goetz saw in the Pope's initiative the
financial encouragement of the Allies. The Allies in their turn suspected Benedict of too close a consultation with the Central Powers and
his August peace move was in fact rejected by both sides. The reverse text is translated as 'Lost game'.