Today is German Unity Day, post a German coin

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  1. goossen

    goossen Senior Member

    German Unity Day or Tag der Deutschen Einheit, is celebrated on 3 October and a public holiday here in Germany. It commemorates the anniversary of German reunification in 1990 when the Federal Republic of Germany (West Germany) and the German Democratic Republic (East Germany) were unified.

    Here is a 20 Euro Cent coin depicting the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin, with the Berlin mintmark "A".


    Throughout its existence, the Brandenburg Gate was often a site for major historical events and is today considered not only as a symbol of the tumultuous history of Europe and Germany, but also of European unity and peace.
    When the Revolutions of 1989 occurred and the wall was demolished, the gate symbolized freedom and the desire to unify the city of Berlin. Thousands of people gathered at the wall to celebrate its fall on 9 November 1989.

    The Berlin Mint
    After the end of the Second World War the mint ended in the Soviet sector of Berlin (East Berlin), and with the currency reform in 1948, new coins were ordered to be made of aluminum.
    In 1952, the mint started to issue new German Democratic Republic (GDR) coins.
    With the closure of the Muldenhütten mint in 1953, Berlin was the only mint in the GDR.

    The last GDR coins were minted in 1990. Due to the monetary, economic and social union of the GDR and the Federal Republic, the then named VEB Münze der DDR was appointed in May 1990 to produce Deutsche Mark (DM) coins. The first DM coins were minted on June 16th 1990, and the VEB Münze der DDR became the Staatliche Münze Berlin. Today, they account for 20% of the German coins minted.
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  3. goossen

    goossen Senior Member

    1948 and 1952 1 Pfennig coins from the GDR, minted in Berlin
  4. Orielensis

    Orielensis Supporter! Supporter

    A 3 mark silver coin from 1913, commemorating te centennial of the Wars of Liberation against Napoleon:

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  5. expat

    expat Remember you are unique, just like everyone else

    Type Non-circulating coin
    Year 1987
    Value 10 Deutsche Mark (10 DEM)
    Currency Deutsche Mark (1948-2001)
    Composition Silver (.625)
    Weight 15.5 g
    Diameter 32.5 mm
    Thickness 2.25 mm
    Shape Round
    Orientation Medal alignment ↑↑
    Demonetized 12-31-2001
    References KM# 167, J# 442, Schön# 166
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  6. furryfrog02

    furryfrog02 Well-Known Member

    I love German coins. Especially the silver 5 and 10 Mark coins. I like all the different eagle designs. Here are three of my favorites:

    1974F 5 Mark - 25th Anniversary of the German Constitution

    1978F 5 Mark - 225th Anniversary - Death of Balthasar Neumann
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    1994A 5 Mark - 50th anniversary of German Resistance - 20 July 1944
  7. goossen

    goossen Senior Member

    Germany 5 Deutsche Mark 1951 (KM# 112.1) - Silver .625
    Minted in Hamburg (J)

  8. Andres2

    Andres2 Well-Known Member

  9. lordmarcovan

    lordmarcovan Eclectic & avid numismatist Moderator

    Hail, Germania!

    German States (Brunswick-Lüneburg): silver bracteate of William Longsword, ca. 1195-1213
    (Presently uncertified)

    German States (Mecklenburg-Wismar): silver witten, struck after the Wendish Coinage Union of 1379

    PCGS XF40

    German States (Saxony): silver thaler, "3 Brothers" type, 1596-HB, Dresden mint
    PCGS VF details; "tooled"

    (*I still don't know where the tooling is- perhaps an old mount removal on the edge)

    German States (Teutonic Order): silver 1/4-thaler of Grand Master Maximilian of Austria, ca. 1615
    PCGS XF45

    Germany (Harz, Zellerfeld): copper rechenpfennig by mintmaster Henning Schlüter, ca. 1625-1672
    Uncertified (one of a pair of these interesting jetons I bought)

    German States (Nürnberg): silver 1/8 thaler klippe of Ferdinand III; Peace of Westphalia, 1650
    PCGS MS62

    Germany (Nürnberg): silver Augsburg Confession medal by Daniel Dockler the Younger, 1730
    PCGS AU50

    German States (Hesse-Darmstadt): silver kreuzer, 1866
    NGC MS67

    German States (Saxony) silver 3 mark proof, Battle of Leipzig centennial commemorative, 1913-E

    Germany (Imperial): silver half-mark, 1916-A, Berlin mint
    PCGS MS65

    Germany (Westphalia): gilt bronze hyperinflationary 10,000-mark notgeld token, 1923
    PCGS MS64

    Germany (Weimar Republic): specimen gold medal memorializing the schooner "Niobe" shipwreck, 1932
    PCGS SP66

    That's just some of them...

  10. brg5658

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  11. -jeffB

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    Thirty years -- wow. I wasn't even 30 when the Wall fell, but it still feels vaguely surprising to think of it.

    I remember Dennis Miller's take on the the event: "German reunification: I view this in much the same way I view a possible Dean Martin - Jerry Lewis reconciliation: I never really enjoyed their work, and I'm not sure I need to see any of their new stuff."

    Wasn't the first time he was wrong, and certainly wasn't the last.
  12. expat

    expat Remember you are unique, just like everyone else

    1763, Saxony full Thaler.
    4 x 5 Mark commemoratives, 3 different eagles
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  16. spirityoda

    spirityoda Coin Junky Supporter

    German States/Baden

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    and other coins...

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  17. FredJB

    FredJB Active Member

    Franco Prussian War.jpg Franco Prussian war rev.jpg To me nothing says German Unity better than this medal design of 1871. The medal exists in bronze and silver and I would expect in gold. The obverse depicts all the rulers of the German States in 1871 when they declared the German Empire (Second Reich).
  18. Steve66

    Steve66 Coin People

    1966 Federal

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    1966 Democratic

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  19. DEA

    DEA Well-Known Member

    Excellent! What an amazing display of German coinage.

    Here are a couple DDR Muldenhütten mint marked coins - with 'E'.


    Here are some Weimar Republic Muldenhütten issues.


    I'll end my exhibition with a BRD commemorative marking the centennial of German unification.


    I could go on and on with just the fabulous variety of eagles shown just on the BRD issues. Lovely!
  20. Al Kowsky

    Al Kowsky Well-Known Member

    The coin pictured below is my oldest German coin. It was struck by an unidentified Germanic tribe of Foederati (mercenaries) on behalf of the Roman emperor Zeno. Many Germanic tribes were pushed westward from their homeland by invading Huns, & fought against them with the Roman army for promises of land west of the Rhine River. This coin is very rare.

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  21. Eduard

    Eduard Supporter**

    Hadrian Denarius GERMANIA - OBV - okp - 1.jpg Hadrian Denarius GERMANIA - rev - okp - 1.jpg I think this Roman denarius struck under Emperor Hadrian and depicting GERMANIA on the reverse is a suitable way to commemorate German Reunification.

    The first German Reunification in fact occurred Two Thousand years ago, when Arminius succeeded in uniting the Germanic tribes to face the Roman legions.

    The personification of Germania on this denarius bears witness to the fact that the Roman Empire viewed thereafter Germania as a united people living in a united territory.
    Hadrian Denarius GERMANIA - OBV - okp - 1.jpg Hadrian Denarius GERMANIA - rev - okp - 1.jpg
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