New Archaeopteryx german Coin

Discussion in 'World & Ancient Coins' started by mrbrklyn, May 22, 2012.

  1. mrbrklyn

    mrbrklyn New Member

    We are talking about the trouble with the new laser technology in die construction and the resulting ability to do very low relief. I said in that thread that the real problem lays with the lack of artistry, and not the technology.

    So on cue, this showed up today and you have to be happy with this design

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  3. froggycoins

    froggycoins Member

    Mmm.. The eagle looks like it has just crossed an archeopteryx :D
  4. mrbrklyn

    mrbrklyn New Member

    I as thinking I saw a similarty as well when I photographed it.
  5. areich

    areich America*s Darling

    I think they could have done a little better on the art, but overall the design is very nice.

    Nice catch!

    Mandy

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  6. areich

    areich America*s Darling

  7. mrbrklyn

    mrbrklyn New Member

    Actually, I think it is fairly close to the actual fossil :)

    Ruben
  8. areich

    areich America*s Darling

    Regardless

    Its a great coin and a great photograph of it!

    Touche
  9. chrisild

    chrisild Coin Collector Moderator

    The designer of this coin, Barbara Ruppel, "arranged" the Archaeopteryx to make it look more recognizable. The stamp issued on the same occasion shows the fossil. http://www.bundesfinanzministerium....n/Aktuelles/2011__Praesentation__Urvogel.html (page in German)

    As for the federal eagle that is displayed on every German collector coin, well, I do not envy the designers. They are supposed to create two sides that "harmonize". So while some details of the eagle are always the same, its overall look varies from issue to issue.

    Christian
  10. Kentucky

    Kentucky Well-Known Member Supporter

    Is that your new camera Ruben? The strike doesn't appear to be too strong, looking at the wings out toward the tips. Still a really nice coin. 62.5% silver?
  11. chrisild

    chrisild Coin Collector Moderator

    Yes, Ag625. Used to be, until early 2011, that the €10 coins were 925 silver, and the unc version was available at face while the proof version was surcharged. Now the "at face" version of every newly issued €10 piece is Cu-Ni, and the proof version is 625 silver. Oh well, people who collect them because they find them interesting will probably not care that much, and those who collect coins solely because of the metal content will focus on bullion "coins" or bars ...

    Christian
  12. mrbrklyn

    mrbrklyn New Member

    I'm sorry, but the German eagle always looks like someone is holding it around the neck and choking it.
  13. mrbrklyn

    mrbrklyn New Member

    Yes Not expensive. it is a Cybeshot as well with a Zeiss lense. don't believe that 14.1 megapixels junk. there is NO WAY.


    WHAT? Your not getting it. It's a FOSSIL. a FOSSIL. See the wings in the original FOSSIL :)

    The fossil happens to be a weak strike on the wings as well but it is a one of a kind find from an obscure mint.
  14. mrbrklyn

    mrbrklyn New Member

    Not only that, but it is pretty. I love this coin!
  15. mrbrklyn

    mrbrklyn New Member

    Did I tell you i love this coin. It is a great coin.
  16. areich

    areich America*s Darling

    No, I didn't read that. How do you really feel about it?
  17. chrisild

    chrisild Coin Collector Moderator

    Always? Sure, that is a heraldic eagle, not a "natural looking" one. But so far there have been about 150 different eagle on the coins of the Federal Republic of Germany. :)

    Christian
  18. mrbrklyn

    mrbrklyn New Member

    Did I tell you I love this coin?
  19. chrisild

    chrisild Coin Collector Moderator

    Not in the past two hours or so. :)

    Christian
  20. mrbrklyn

    mrbrklyn New Member

    I'm going to give it its own webpage soon.
  21. areich

    areich America*s Darling

    Looking forward to seeing it.

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