93.3 (3 oz). This stunning 3 Oz Silver coin is dedicated to the Graf Zeppelin’s 100th Anniversary. The coin has a fragment of the original airship as insert, features the new Smartminting technology, has Proof quality and comes in an elegant case, along with the Certificate of Authenticity. Limited mintage to 499 pieces worldwide. The reverse of the coin depicts Count Ferdinand von Zeppelin, pioneer airship constructor and flight travelling in the late 19th century. The coin also features one of his creations on the background, with incredible high relief thanks to the Smartminting technology. On the bottom-right of the coin’s reverse, the signature of the depicted man. The top of the obverse of the coin depicts the effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and an incredible high relief Zeppelin in the middle of the coin. All around the effigy, the inscriptions: ELIZABETH II the name of the Queen, 20 DOLLARS the face value, COOK ISLANDS the issue country and 2017 the year of issue. Ferdinand Graf von Zeppelin In 1863, Zeppelin traveled to the United States as a military observer during the American Civil War. With the endorsement of German-born Carl Schurz, who was a general in the Union Army, and the support of others, Zeppelin received a pass signed by President Abraham Lincoln which enabled him to travel with the northern armies. After only a few months, however, Zeppelin left the war zone to explore the American frontier, and it was in St. Paul, Minnesota far from the battlefields of the Civil War that Zeppelin saw his first balloon. Zeppelins first experience with lighter-than-air flight was an ascent in this 41.000 cubic foot balloon, inflated with coal gas, which had previously been used as an observation balloon by the Union Army. Operated by John Steiner, a German-born balloonist who had served in the Union Army, the balloon reached 600 to 700 feet in a tethered ascent; Count von Zeppelin had seen the world from the air. Later in his career Zeppelin renewed his interest in lighter-than-air flight, and began developing preliminary concepts for the design of a steerable airship. But it was not until his early forced retirement from the Army in 1890, at the age of 52, that Zeppelin was able to devote himself more fully to the problems of lighter-than-air flight. Within 10 years he would build his first airship, Luftschiff Zeppelin 1 (LZ-1). The item “GRAF ZEPPELIN 100th Anniversary 3 Oz Silver Coin 20$ Cook Islands 2017″ is in sale since Friday, June 09, 2017. This item is in the category “Coins & Paper Money\Coins\ World\Australia & Oceania\Other Oceania Coins”. The seller is “powercoin_italy” and is located in Roma. This item can be shipped worldwide.
- Circulated/Uncirculated: Uncirculated
- Year: 2017
- Composition: Silver
- Country/Region of Manufacture: Cook Islands