101390 | UNITED STATES & GERMANY. Graf von Zeppelin/LZ 126 silver Medal.

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    101390 | UNITED STATES & GERMANY. Graf von Zeppelin/LZ 126 silver Medal. Issued 1963. Commemorating the arrival of the LZ 126 (later USS Los Angeles) in America (40mm, 25.23 g, 12h). By A. Holl.

     

    FERDINAND GRAF VON ZEPPELIN, bust right / Z R III, the LZ-126 (ZR III) airship flying left over vista of New York City. Edge: «crescent» 1000 «hallmark» F «hallmark».

     

    Hans Kaiser 459.1. Choice Mint State. Argent matte surfaces, with some cobalt-tinged toning near the peripheries.

     

    Zeppelin was a German general and aircraft manufacturer, who later founded the airship company Luftschiffbau Zeppelin. Following the death of the Graf von Zeppelin in 1917, Dr. Hugo Eckener became the head of the company 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.