New German Collectors’ Coin “Temperate Climate Zone”

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August 31, 2018 – The German government has announced the production of a 5-euros collectors’ coin “Temperate Climate Zone” with an incorporated green polymer ring expected to be issued in September of 2019. This coin is the third issue of the five-part “Climate Zones of the Earth” series that began in 2017. Until 2021, one coin per year will have been issued.

5-euros collectors’ coin „Temperate Climate Zone“ of the “Climate Zones of the Earth” series. Source: BVA.

The Coin

The reverse depicts an eagle, the inscription „BUNDESREPUBLIK DEUTSCHLAND“, face value, the year of issue 2019, the twelve European stars and – depending on the mint – the mint mark „A“ (Berlin), „D“ (Munich), „F“ (Stuttgart), „G“ (Karlsruhe) or „J“ (Hamburg). The smooth rim shows the edge inscription „KLIMAZONEN DER ERDE“.

The Design

The obverse was design by artist Peter Lasch from Berlin. The reverse, which is used for all coins of this series, was design by artist Stefanie Radtke from Leipzig.
The obverse represents the development of the cultural landscape, which defines the temperate climate zone, by depicting a stylized meadow including the forest edge in a well-made manner. The hare at the center of the coin is a typical representative of open landscapes in the temperate climate zone. The change of seasons, which is also typical of this climate zone, is illustrated in the form of the autumnal oak branch. The silhouette describes the mixed deciduous forest that is characteristic of both the landscape and the climate zone.

The 5-euros coin „Temperate Climate Zone“ will consist of two different copper-nickel alloys and a translucent polymer ring. The coin will weigh 9 g and will be produced in both FDC and in proof.


The FDC coins will be circulated at their face value (5 euros) by the Deutsche Bundesbank. The proof coins will be sold at a sales prices higher than the face value. The Official Sales Agency for Collector’s Coins of the Federal Republic of Germany will announce the exact price and the specific ordering conditions in good time prior to the coins being issued.

You can find the website of the Official Sales Agency for Collector’s Coins of the Federal Republic of Germany (VfS) here. It is only available in German.

CoinsWeekly published an article on how polymer coins are made.

You will also find reports on the first coin (“Tropical Climate Zone”) and (“Subtropical Climate Zone”) on CoinsWeekly.