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Antiques Roadshow guest gutted over truth behind WWI medal found on the beach

The BBC favourite headed to Edinburgh where a treasure hunter brought a ‘German medal from WW1’

Antiques Roadshow: WW1 propaganda medal valued

An Antiques Roadshow guest was left gutted after as World War I medal she discovered proved to be worthless.

The long-standing series headed to the Royal Botanic Garden in Edinburgh for their latest string of valuations, with one woman bringing what she believed to be a German medal from the early years of the first World War.

Explaining that she had dug it up on a beach in Aberdeen while on holiday with her mum and dad, the woman explained that she believed it to be German because of its inscription, which read “for Kaiser Culture’.

Unfortunately, military expert Robert Tilney delivered the truth behind the medal – which proved to be disappointing for the treasure hunter.



A medallion from World War I was found on the beach – but isn’t what it appears to be
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“In the middle is sort of a caricature of the Kaiser, with his swept up moustache and the date 1914 – but it’s not German. It’s British,” he told her, getting a simple “oh” in response.

“This is a propaganda medal. Now, in 1914, the German armies were sweeping down through Belgium, which was neutral, into France, and their idea was to bring German culture to Europe.

“These were newspapers – British newspapers – thought, we can show that German culture wasn’t German culture, it was terrible what they were doing in Europe.



The woman didn’t look happy when she discovered the medal was worth no more than £50
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“And they all say, with the money raised, because they would sell these for a few pence, to fund the Belgian refugees who were coming out of Belgium, having been driven out from the Germans.”

With the woman looking bewildered, Robert told her: “Nowadays, I don’t think it’s worth more than about 40 or 50 pounds.”

Sensing she wasn’t pleased with the result, Robert encouraged her to keep on the lookout for other treasures, telling her: “It’s a really nice piece of early propaganda, so well done for you digging up on Aberdeen beach.”



Robert Tilney delivered the bad news to the medal’s founder
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Viewers of the show were gutted for her and could tell that she wasn’t happy with what she’d heard either – taking to Twitter to discuss the discovery.

“He’s just ruined her day with that not German medal,” wrote one.

“She was gutted that medal was worthless,” said another, while a third shared a photo of a woman rolling her eyes and captioned it: “Lady with the fake german medal”.

Antiques Roadshow airs Sundays at 8pm on BBC One.


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