Germany 1930A Graf Zeppelin silver 5 Mark; scarce 1-year type Weimar Republic commemorative; Berlin mint. Toned XF with original light-gray patina.
Germany, Weimar Republic: large 1930-A silver 5 Mark “airship Graf Zeppelin’s 1929 world flight” commemorative in XF+ condition with some of the original mint luster remaining. Scarce 1-year type; Berlin mint issue. The coin actually looks better “in person”. About 37 mm in diameter, 25 grams, reeded rim. Not cleaned; these are the actual photos.
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 scarce Germany 1930A Graf Zeppelin silver 5 Mark 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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