101840 | GERMANY. Dr. Hugo Eckener silver Medal.
101840 | GERMANY. Dr. Hugo Eckener silver Medal. Commemorating the world tour of the LZ 127 Graf Zeppelin (36mm, 19.95 g, 12h). By K. Goetz at the München mint.
Dr ECKENER WELT–FAHRT MIT "GRAF ZEPPELIN", bust left / TOKIO • LOS ANGELES • LAKEHVRST • FRIEDRICHSHAFEN, the earth surrounded by a zodiacal band and highlighted by onlookers to the east and west, and a polar bear to the north; the airship flies above, guided by an eagle. Edge: BAYER. HAUPTMÜNZAMT • FEINSILBER.
Kienast 429; Hans Kaiser 497. About Uncirculated. Light gray surfaces, with some darker toning highlighting near the peripheries; some scattered scuffs and spots.
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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