100896 | GERMANY. Graf von Zeppelin silver Medal.

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    100896 | GERMANY. Ferdinand Adolf Heinrich August Graf von Zeppelin silver Medal. Issued 1928. The Christening of the LZ 127 Graf Zeppelin (36mm, 19.56 g, 12h). By K. Goetz in München.

     

    TAUFE DES Z 127 AM 90 GEBURTSTAG / 8 JULI 1928, bust facing slightly right / GLÜCK AB GRAF ZEPPELIN, Zeppelin coat-of-arms, with balloon holding children as supporters; airship in background. Edge: BAYER. HAUPTMÜNZAMT • FEINSILBER.

     

    Kienast 408; Hans Kaiser 478. Choice Gem Mint State. Flawless matte surfaces, with an alluring brilliance and light golden tone near the peripheries. Compare to a similar piece, a PCGS SP-66, which sold for a total of $456 in February 2020 (Stack's Bowers CCO, lot 70659).

     

    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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