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102501 | UNITED STATES & GERMANY. Zeppelin silver Medal.

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    102501  |  UNITED STATES & GERMANY. Zeppelin silver Medal. Issued 1924. Commemorating the transatlantic flight of the ZR-3/LZ-127 (33mm, 17.95 g, 12h). By K. Goetz in München.


    ERINNERVNG • AN • Z • R • III • OZEAN FAHRT, airship left over the Santa Maria under sail left upon the seas; D in exergue // DEVTSCHE TATKRAFT / IN 80 STUNDEN, male figure (representing German industry) standing facing, head left, leaning upon hammer and pointing to airship's route on globe; American eagle above; olive branch to left; to right, owl standing facing. Edge: BAYER • HAUPTMÜNZAMT • FEINSILBER.


    Kienast 321; Hans Kaiser 456. PCGS SP-65. Incredibly vibrant and prooflike, with deep peripheral rings of iridescent toning. Undoubtedly one of the most attractive and eye-catching examples of the type extant. Tied with two others for the top spot in the PCGS census for the lettered edge type, with just three otheres at the same level (and with none finer there) for the plain edge version. A view of the examples here, as well as their prices realized, reveals the level of exquisite eye appeal that this unrivaled example possesses.


    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. This type alludes to that first monumental voyage of the LZ-127, along with the explorations of Columbus to the new world over 400 years prior.


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