November 17, 2016 – On November 9, 2016 the German Federal Ministry of Finance announced its plans to issue a 5-euros collector coin “Tropical Zone” that will be equipped with a red polymer ring, to be issued in April 2017. The coin kicks off the five-part series “Climate Zones of the Earth” (2017-2021, one release every year) and, as regards subject-matter, is a follow-up of the innovative 5-euros coin “Planet Earth” which was the world’s first collector coin with an inserted translucent polymer ring. It was released in April 2016.
5-euros collector coin 2017 “Tropical Zone” from the series “Climate Zones of the Earth”. Source: German Federal Ministry of Finance.
“Tropical Zone” 2017 is made of two different copper-nickel alloys and a translucent polymer ring. The coin weighs 9 grams and will be available as a Mint State and an FDC version.
More recent news can be found on the website of the Federal Ministry of Finance.
Please read the CoinsWeekly report on the “Climate Zones of the Earth” series here.
And this CoinsWeekly contribution explains how coins with polymer ring are made.