100510 | GERMANY. Graf von Zeppelin & Hugo Eckener silver Medal.

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    100510 | GERMANY. Ferdinand Adolf Heinrich August Graf von Zeppelin and Hugo Eckener silver Medal. Dated 1928. Commemorating the Airship LZ 127 Graf Zeppelin (36mm, 24.87 g, 12h). By J. Bernhart in München.

     

    GRAF ZEPPELIN • DR HUGO ECKENER / 1898–1928, jugate busts of Zeppelin and Eckener left / WELTFAHRT AUGUST 1929 / L. Z. 127, airship left over the ocean. Edge: PREUSS. STAATSMÜNZE • SILBER 900 FEIN.

     

    Hans Kaiser Coll. 510. Gem Proof. A near-flawless, deeply toned piece, with a rich cobalt blue hue throughout and an alluring burnt sienna ring on the reverse.

     

    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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