Nazi Germany Commemoratives?

Discussion in 'World Coins' started by Magman, Dec 7, 2009.

  1. Magman

    Magman U.S. Money Collector

    Did Nazi Germany ever put out any commemorative coins? Or did Germany put out anything after the war?

    I ask because I have the Soviet Union issued rouble commemorating the 20th anniversary of victory in WWII.

    as seen here:

    I think it would be cool to have a coin from the other side.
    (I'm also considering putting a circulating WWII set together - mainly from the main 6 belligerents)
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  3. chrisild

    chrisild Coin Collector Supporter

    Nazi Germany issued a few commems before WW2: Luther 1933 (two denominations), and Schiller 1934 (same). And if you consider the Garrison Church and Hindenburg pieces to be commemorative issues, add them too. Between 1940 and its end in 1949, the German Empire did not make any commems.

    The Federal Republic of Germany (1949-today) issued a Peace and Tolerance coin in 1995, which depicts the Lady's Church in Dresden. But if you are interested in war and victory coins (which Germany under the nazi regime or the allied occupation did of course not issue in '45 :rolleyes:), that may not quite be the right thing.

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  4. brataccas

    brataccas Junior Member

    russian coins rock.
  5. ffrickey

    ffrickey Junior Member

  6. eddyk

    eddyk New-mismatist

    I don't get why that seller has censored out the Nazi cross, surely Hitlers face is just as offensive.
  7. KarlAntonMartin

    KarlAntonMartin Junior Member

    This is no coin, but a privately issued medal, probably made in Italy.
  8. eddyk

    eddyk New-mismatist

    I've certainly heard the fact, 'there are no coins featuring Hitler' a few times.
  9. KarlAntonMartin

    KarlAntonMartin Junior Member

    To complain with ebay rules because in some european countries the showing of Hakenkreuz is forbidden.
  10. Ripley

    Ripley Senior Member

    The West Germans put out 2 nice commemorative coins in silver of Conrad Adenauer and Copernicus. The 3rd Reich did put out a silver commemorative when Hindenburg died. as Chris mentioned. Traci

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  11. chrisild

    chrisild Coin Collector Supporter

    Only two nice ones? Sob. ;) The Kopernikus coin is nicely designed indeed. The Adenauer piece was a circulation coin, along with others in a 2 DM "statesmen" series, and a Cu-Ni (or rather a Magnimat "sandwich") piece. But neither of them has anything to do with Nazi Germany ...

    As for the swastika (de: Hakenkreuz), well, in Germany for example "contemporary" items that have it are basically OK. So the coins from the nazi years are legal to display, sell and buy. Newer propaganda items with the swastika are usually not allowed.

    Here are some images of coins that I mentioned, and similar ones.

    GDR 10 M 1985 "40 Years Liberation"

    Austria 500 S 1985 "40 Years of Peace"!Bg,Ul6w!mk~$(KGrHqUOKjMErzSTSQEZBLFL4qIvHQ~~_12.JPG

    The following two pieces (GDR 1985, Fed.Rep. 1995) commemorate the bombing and reconstruction of Dresden but were - particularly the '95 coin - issued as appeals for peace and reconciliation.

    GDR 5 M 1985 Dresden

    Fed. Rep. 10 DM 1995 Dresden

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  12. ffrickey

    ffrickey Junior Member

    Why do you think it was made in Italy? "Ein Volk, Ein Reich, Ein Führer" is certainly German. I'd be interested in any info you might have about this coin. I was wondering how the 3rd Reich got time to mint this thing in the last months of the war; so maybe they didn't.
  13. Romanold

    Romanold Junior Member

    There isn't known any officialy issued coin with Hitler's image on it (only commemorative medals). There are some rumours about essays/models but not confirmed.
    Since 1945 various and numerous jetons were issued privately. e-bay item is one of these. can't say anything specific because on my sight it's numismatic value is exactly zero.
  14. chrisild

    chrisild Coin Collector Supporter

    Umm, a coin or medal that has Hitler's death year would certainly not have been made in the last months of WW2, rather in the last few days. ;) And no, "they" did not mint it. The primary market for such issues is collectors in the US, so I suppose it was produced either there or in Italy. Or some place else; but many Hitler "coins" have shown up and were sold to tourists there, so Italy is a good guess.

    There were plans to issue a coin featuring him, but those were supposed to be issued after the, ahem, final victory. So no matter how badly some people want a Hitler coin ... there is none.

  15. KarlAntonMartin

    KarlAntonMartin Junior Member

    As far as I remember these medals showed up in the coin market in the 1970ies. And the information about their making in Italy I have got by a coin-dealer years ago. I cannot prove it. But in Germany the edition would have been illegal.
  16. ffrickey

    ffrickey Junior Member

    5 Reichsmark Martin Luther Commemorative

    Here is a Martin Luther commemorative from 1933. No swastika or anything--just Martin Luther.

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  17. Magman

    Magman U.S. Money Collector

    hmmm, interesting stuff.
    Not quite what I was looking for, but I wasn't sure what they made, if anything.
    Thanks all!
  18. taufe

    taufe New Member

    Very informative and interesting article to be read

  19. Wicked Wolf

    Wicked Wolf New Member

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  20. lordmarcovan

    lordmarcovan Eclectic & odd Moderator

    This is an early Nazi commemorative. At the time, they still were making coins from quality metals - even some silver like this. But once the war started, they didn't have much time or inclination to issue commemorative coins, and the circulating coinage was debased to cheaper metals like zinc. The "better" wartime denominations like 50-reichspfennig were struck in aluminum.

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  21. lordmarcovan

    lordmarcovan Eclectic & odd Moderator

    I had one of those privately-issued Hitler medals mentioned above, and a Stalin piece made by the same people.

    Since these are modern issues made merely to turn a buck, and neither had any historical value (and they even got Stalin's dates wrong), I found a good place for both of 'em.



    Adolf and Joe "sleep with the fishes" now.
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