GERMANY 1924 airship LZ126 Proof silver medal commemorating the trans-Atlantic flight to America (later ZR-3 USS Los Angeles). Scarce Proof with attractive light-gray patina; Kaiser 449.
Scarce 1924 medal struck in .990 silver to commemorate the delivery of the newly-built German airship LZ 126 to America (Kaiser 449). Germany had built this airship for the United States as part of the WW1 reparations; once delivered, she was re-named USS Los Angeles (U.S. designation number ZR-3). One of the largest airships of the time, USS Los Angeles had a crew of 40 (!!) men with the ship’s length at impressive 658′ / 200.7 meters and ship’s diameter at 90′ / 27.6 meters. It was the longest-serving US Navy airship on record. Unlike most of the large airships of the era, USS Los Angeles survived the inter-war years with no loss of life until she was decommissioned and dismantled in 1939.
Rare type as most of these medals were issued in silvered bronze. This is a particularly attractive specimen in almost uncirculated condition; original light-gray with golden overtones patina throughout; rare this nice. First captain-pilot Hugo Eckener portrait on obverse; the skyline of the American shore and legends on the obverse. The medal weighs about 15.1 grams, about 33.3 mm in diameter; the rim is struck with 990 silver fitness mark.
This rare GERMANY 1924 airship LZ126 Proof silver medal is not a later reproduction or a copy; it is guaranteed to be 100% authentic or your money back. Not cleaned; a few minor typical hairlines are noted for accuracy; these are the actual photos. Don’t miss your chance to add this attractive airship memorabilia to your collection!
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