Tuesday, 04.08.2020

Tag: Germany (Modern Period)

What Can Be Seen on Euro Coins: The Brandenburg Gate Part 2

It took a long time for the Brandenburg Gate to be featured on German 10, 20 and 50 cent coins. There is simply no better symbol to remind of the reunification of East and West Germany after the Iron Curtain came down.

What Can Be Seen on Euro Coins: The Brandenburg Gate Part 1

Every motif on euro coins represents a country’s national identity. It took a long time for the Brandenburg Gate to be featured on German 10, 20 and 50 cent coins. At the beginning, the monument was extremely controversial, the architect was even mocked for it.

30 Years of Monetary Union

On 1 July 1990 the financial union between the Federal Republic of Germany and the GDR took effect, requiring a large quantity of Deutsche Mark banknotes to be produced in a very short time. Half of this additional demand was produced by Giesecke+Devrient.

Johann Adolf of Schleswig-Holstein-Gottorf and His Portugalesers

Originally, later-born son Johann Adolf was supposed to become Bishop of Bremen and Lübeck, but when his two brothers died, he had to fight for the Duchy of Schleswig-Holstein. Minting portugalesers was part of the diplomatic game. Künker will offer three of these rare portugalesers in their upcoming auction.

Olympics, World Championships and Everything Where Germany Flies the Flag

In 1970, Germany minted its Olympic coins. This was the first time that sports were used as a topic of German coins. It was an innovation at the time. Since then, sports have not only become numismatically presentable but bestsellers. After all, the world has changed over the course of almost 50 years.

The Coins from Lake Constance

Since the High Middle Ages, it has been one of the most important economic areas of Europe: the region of Lake Constance. A new catalogue presents this region’s minting authorities and their coins. Ursula Kampmann took a look at it.
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