100415 | GERMANY. Generalfeldmarschall Paul von Hindenburg bronze Medal.

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    100415 | GERMANY. Generalfeldmarschall Paul von Hindenburg bronze Medal. Issued 1914. World War I series: The Four Castles (54mm, 59.42 g, 1h). By Mayer & Wilhelm in Stuttgart.

     

    G. FELDMARSCH. V•HINDENBURG, uniformed bust facing slightly right / Legend in eight lines in Blackletter; small cross pattée above; all within polylobe. Edge: Plain.

     

    Cf. Zetzmann 4027 (unlisted metal); cf. Kaiser 4-125.3 (same). Choice Mint State. Soft yellow-brown surfaces; a hint of light rub on the highest points. Very rare.

     

    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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