101498 | GERMANY & RUSSIA. Generaloberst Paul von Hindenburg silver Medal.
101498 | GERMANY & RUSSIA. Generaloberst Paul von Hindenburg silver Medal. Issued 1914. The Conqueror of the Russians & the Liberator of East Prussia (34mm, 17.84 g, 12h). By A. Löwental in Berlin.
GENERALOBERST VON • HINDENBURG, uniformed bust facing slightly left / DER RUSSEN • BEZWINGER OSTPREUSSENS • BEFREIER, medieval knight standing facing, head left, wielding sword overhead; TANNEN / BERG – ORTELS / BURG across field. Edge: SILBER 990.
Zetzmann 4025; cf. The Art of Devastation p. 198, 5 (larger module). Choice Mint State. Exceptionally prooflike and brilliant, with some frosting to the devices and a subtle tone; some light hairlines are noted in the fields.
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.