Germany 1928 silver medal airship Graf Zeppelin D-LZ127 official launch (Kaiser-479). Rare PROOF strike with attractive original patina – scarce this nice.
Rare German airship medal struck in .990 silver (Kaiser-479) in 1928 to mark airship’s Graf Zeppelin (D-LZ127) official launch on September 20, 1928. An excellent Proof specimen with original mint luster and very attractive light-gray with golden overtones patina; rare this nice. Struck by the famous L. C. Lauer medallist company in Nürnberg, Germany. A scarce and very pretty “airship type” medal in excellent overall condition; it’s about 33.4 mm in diameter; 14.9 grams; 990 silver fitness mark on the rim.
Graf Zeppelin (German designation D-LZ 127) was probably the most famous rigid airship ever; it was designated for transporting passengers and cargo over long distances at the speed unheard of at the time. One of the largest airships of the time, Graf Zeppelin had a crew of 36 (!!) men. The airship’s length was 776 feet/236.53 meters; ship’s diameter: 100 feet/30.48 meters; gas volume (Hydrogen): 3,700,000 cubic feet/111,000 cubic meters. This giant ship was propelled by five 550-hp Maybach engines at the maximum speed of 80 mph / 128 km/hr. The most successful commercial airship ever built, Graf Zeppelin flew more than 1,000,000 miles on 590 flights, carrying well over 34,000 passengers without a single injury. Sadly, the “golden era” of these giant airships was brief: the Nazis cut up all of their rigid airships in 1940 as the quality aluminum was needed for Luftwaffe’s warplanes.
This rare Germany 1928 silver medal airship Graf Zeppelin is not a later reproduction or a copy; it is guaranteed to be 100% authentic or your money back. Not cleaned; these are the actual photos. Don’t miss your chance to add this attractive vintage airship memorabilia to your collection!
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