APA Coin Collection (E - Lei)

Eckener, Hugo (1924)


Hugo Eckener was born on August 10, 1868 in Flensburg, Prussia (now Germany). He was the manager of Luftschiffbau Zeppelin during the inter-war years, and was commander of the famous Graf Zeppelin for most of its record-setting flights, including the first airship flight around the world, making him the most successful airship commander in history. As an anti-Nazi, he was eventually blacklisted and side-lined after that regime came into power. He earned a doctorate in what would today be considered experimental psychology. He had intentions of running for president against Hitler, but backed down when another member of the party ran instead. Eckener died on August 14, 1954 in Friedrichshafen, West Germany. The medallion coin was minted to commemorate the event of delivering the airship LZ 126 to the United States. It was made in Germany, measures 1 5/16 inches and is made of silver-plated bronze. The obverse of the coin contains a forward-facing bust of Eckener with his first name to the left of the image and his last name to the right. The obverse of the coin contains an image of the Graf Zeppelin with the date of flight above the image. The lower half of the coin contains dates and locations.