100439 | GERMANY. Hugo Eckener silver Medal. PCGS SP62.

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    100439 | GERMANY. Hugo Eckener silver Medal. Dated 1930. Commemorating the First South American Flight of the Airship LZ 127 Graf Zeppelin (36mm, 12h). By O. Glöckler.

     

    DEM GENIALEN DEUTSCHEN LUFTSCHIFF-FÜHRER / HUGO ECKENER, bust left / FRIEDRICHSHAFEN • SEVILLA • PERNAMBUCO • RIO DE JANEIRO • LAKEHURST, airship downward left over the flightpath from Europe to South America; ERSTE / SÜDAMERIKA / AEQUATORFAHRT / »GRAF ZEPPELIN« in four lines across field.

     

    Hans Kaiser Coll. 542. Graded PCGS SP62. Highly lustrous and prooflike, with a hint of light toning around the devices; some light hairlines are noted for completeness. An attractive aviation type.

     

    Zeppelin was a German general and aircraft manufacturer, who later founded the airship company Luftschiffbau Zeppelin. Following Zeppelin's death in 1917, Dr. Hugo Eckener became the head of this company and oversaw post-war fundraising to expand upon its production, even serving as commander for the LZ 127 on numerous occasions. When this airship first entered use, it was the first commercial passenger transatlantic flight service in the world, eventually making 590 flights over nearly a decade. In 1940, she was scrapped for metal for the German efforts in World War II.

     

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