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100599 | UNITED STATES & GERMANY. Zeppelin/Columbus silver Medal.

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    100599 | UNITED STATES & GERMANY. Zeppelin silver Medal. Issued 1924. Commemorating the transatlantic flight of the ZR-3/LZ 127 (33mm, 17.73 g, 12h). By K. Goetz in München.


    ERINNERVNG • AN • Z • R • III • OZEAN FAHRT, airship left over the Santa Maria under sail left upon the seas; COLUMBUS in exergue / DEVTSCHE TATKRAFT / IN 80 STUNDEN, male figure (representing German industry) standing facing, head left, leaning upon hammer and pointing to airship's route on globe; American eagle above; olive branch to left; to right, owl standing facing. Edge: BAYER HAUPTMÜNZAMT FEINSILBER.


    Kienast 321 var. (D in place of COLUMBUS); Hans Kaiser Coll. 457. Gem Mint State. Exceptionally lustrous, brilliant, and prooflike, with an alluring cobalt and magenta tone throughout.


    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. This type alludes to that first monumental voyage of the LZ 127, along with the explorations of Columbus to the new world over 400 years prior.


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