100671 | GERMANY. Graf Zeppelin bronze Medal.

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    100671 | GERMANY. Bronze Medal. Issued 1929. Commemorating the landing of the LZ 127 Graf Zeppelin in Böblingen (36mm, 19.20 g, 12h). By Mayer & Wilhelm in Stuttgart.

     

    UNS DEUTSCHEN DIE LUFT, airship flying left above cityscape of Böblingen / GRAF / "ZEPPELIN" / IN / BÖBLINGEN / OKT. 1929 in five lines. Edge: Plain.

     

    Hans Kaiser Coll. 537a; Bernd Kaiser V 730. Gem Mint State. Deep brown matte surfaces. Very rare variety featuring an erroneous month of October rather than the correct month, November.

     

    Ex Westfälische Auktionsgesellschaft 26 (13 September 2004), lot 3392.

     

    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.

     

    Earlier, on 3 November 1929, the Graf Zeppelin made a visit to Böblingen, a town just outside of Stuttgart, where she was greeted by 100,000 spectators. This became a more regular event, continuing to draw a crowd. The medal above commemorates this first visit, though it is a rare erroneous variant in which the date of the visit is listed as October rather than November.

     

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