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101841 | GERMANY. Zeppelin, Eckener & Dürr silver Medal.

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    101841  |  GERMANY. Zeppelin, Eckener & Dürr silver Medal. Issued 1929. Commemorating the world tour of the LZ-127 Graf Zeppelin (33mm, 14.80 g, 12h). By L. C. Lauer in Nürnberg.

     

    • GRAF ZEPPELIN ERFINDER • / • Dr DÜRR ERBAUER Dr ECKENER FÜHRER, busts of Zeppelin, capped, and Dürr facing slightly left; bust of Eckener left; laurel branch between / LUFTSCHIFF „GRAF ZEPPELIN‟ / 1 FAHRT RUND UM DIE ERDE 1929 / FRIEDRICHSHAFEN TOKIO LOS ANGELES LAKEHURST, view of the airship piercing the clouds right. Edge: 990.

     

    Hans Kaiser 512. Mint State. Quite lustrous and prooflike, with some burnished iridescent toning around the devices; a number scattered hairlines in the fields, however, are noted for completeness, and prevent a higher designation.

     

    Ferdinand Adolf Heinrich August Graf von 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. Meanwhile, Ludwig Dürr served an important role next to Zeppelin in the early years of the company, assisting in the construction of the first airship and pioneering many of the parts. He often flew on board to oversee the flight, and served the company until its dissolution in 1945.

     

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