100610 | GERMANY & UNITED STATES. Dr. Hugo Eckener silver Medal.

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    100610 | GERMANY & UNITED STATES. Dr. Hugo Eckener silver Medal. Issued 1924. Commemorating the Transatlantic Flight of the LZ-126 (later USS Los Angeles) to Lakehurst, New Jersey (33mm, 14.75 g, 12h). By L. C. Lauer in Nürnberg.

     

    DR HUGO ECKENER, bust facing slightly right / AMERIKAFAHRT DES LZ 126 (ZR III), zeppelin airship flying left over American coastline; various points of the transatlantic journey chronicled in seven lines in exergue. Edge: 990.

     

    Hans Kaiser Coll. 449. Choice Mint State. Attractive matte gray surfaces, with a light cobalt tone and underlying luster throughout.

     

    Following the death of the Graf von Zeppelin in 1917, Dr. Hugo Eckener became the head of the company Luftschiffbau Zeppelin and oversaw post-war fundraising to expand upon its production, even serving as commander for the LZ 126 and LZ 127. Built as a part of the German reparations for their participation in WWI, the LZ 126, designated by the US Navy as the USS Los Angeles, was completed in August 1924 and flown to the United States later that October, landing at the US Naval Air Station in Lakehurst, New Jersey. The next day, Eckener, along with his crew, was received by President Calvin Coolidge at the White House.

     

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