100608 | GERMANY. Reichspräsident Paul von Hindenburg silver Medal.

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    100608 | GERMANY. Reichspräsident Paul von Hindenburg silver Medal. Issued 1926. Commemorating the withdrawal of British troops from the Rhineland (33mm, 14.59 g, 12h). By L. C. Lauer in Nürnberg.

     

    PAUL von BENECKENDORFF und HINDENBURG / REICHS– / PRÄSIDENT, bust facing slightly left / BEFREIUNGSFEIER IN KÖLN, veduta of Köln; 21 MÄRZ 1926 in exergue. Edge: 990.

     

    Wurzbach 3710. Choice Mint State. Lightly toned and prooflike; a few scattered hairlines along with a minor spot in the reverse field are noted for completeness.

     

    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. This medal celebrates the British withdrawal from the Rhineland in 1926. French and British troops occupied portions of Germany to ensure that German reparations from their involvement in World War I would be repaid.

     

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