100414 | GERMANY. Generalfeldmarschall Paul von Hindenburg bronze Medal.

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    100414 | GERMANY. Generalfeldmarschall Paul von Hindenburg bronze Medal. Issued circa 1915. World War I series: The Liberator of East Prussia (60mm, 95.03, 12h). By B. H. Mayer in Pforzheim.

     

    v HINDENBURG / DER BEFREIER OSTPREUSSENS, uniformed bust facing slightly left / Battle scene, with soldiers advancing right; above, Fury, holding scythe, riding leaping horse right; all within decorative border. Edge: Plain.

     

    Cf. Zetzmann 2161 (for rev. type). Choice Mint State. Attractive yellow-bronze surfaces, with a few inconsequential marks and a hint of light rub on the highest points. Very rare and exceptional artistry.

     

    Before serving as the president of the German Reich and his unintended role in giving rise to nazism and Adolf Hitler in 1933, Paul von Hindenburg was a celebrated general within the German Empire, first retiring in 1911. Upon the outbreak of WWI, however, he was called upon to serve once again, where he oversaw a major and much celebrated German victory at Tannenberg in 1914. Following this campaign, Hindenburg's star rose to a national level, paving the way for his ensuing political career during the Weimar period.

     

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