I have a couple of zeppelin themed coins, and here’s a doozy. The 1930 5 mark was a huge commemorative coin minted in Germany to celebrate the first successful circumnavigation of the globe. The first flight was made in 1929 by the Graf Zeppelin, so the coin carries both the year 1929 (when the flight occurred) and 1930 (when the coin was minted).
On the obverse, this coin shows a thin, cigar shaped zeppelin superimposed on the globe. The legend reads “Graf Zeppelin * Weltflug 1929“. Weltflug is pretty easy to translate – it means “world flight” but it sounds much more Teutonic and powerful in German.
On the reverse, this three mark coin shows a German eagle that looks like its pinned to a dissecting table. The legend reads “Deutsches Reich 1930 * 5 Reichsmark”.
German 5 Mark 1930 - Zeppelin Commemorative Coin : Obverse
German 5 Mark 1930 - Zeppelin Commemorative Coin : Reverse
Identification code: Germany KM-68
Mint Mark: A (Berlin)
Mintage: 217,000 (54.25% of the 400,000 produced at 6 mints)
Country of origin: Germany
Composition: 50% silver
Size: 36 mm
Weight: 25g (0.4019 oz ASW)
Other details: This is one of the last commemorative coins minted by the Weimar Republic. Due to a financial crisis after the loss of World War I, the government switched from using “marks” to using the new currency or “reichsmarks”. This is a 5 Reichsmark coin, but collectors often use the two terms interchangeably.
Even though the German Republic narrowly survived a specie shortage and resumed minting with silver in 1924, this coin still shows side effects of those hard times. Instead of the 90% silver that Imperial German coins were minted with, the Weimar Republic was forced to use a lesser fineness of only 50%.
Estimated value: $150-225