German euro coins
German euro coins have three separate designs for the three series of coins. The 1, 2 and 5 cent coins were designed by Rolf Lederbogen, the design for the 10, 20 and 50 cent coins is by the hand of Reinhard Heinsdorff and the 1 and 2 euro coins were done by Heinz Hoyer and Sneschana Russewa-Hoyer. Featured in all designs are the 12 stars of the EU and the year of imprint.
In addition to the year, the German coins also feature a small letter as a
mint markindicating the particular mint that minted the coin.
These letters were given to the German mints during the period of the
German Empire, that is the reason why they do not follow one particular order.
German euro design
For images of the common side and a detailed description of the coins, see
Coin image box 8 singles
header = Depiction of German euro coinage
column_1_width = 151
column_2_width = 167
column_3_width = 157
denom_1 = € 0.01
denom_2 = € 0.02
denom_3 = € 0.05
row_1_caption = German
oaktwig which was also featured on the former pfennig.
denom_4 = € 0.10
denom_5 = € 0.20
denom_6 = € 0.50
row_2_caption = The
Brandenburg Gateas a symbol of division and unity.
denom_7 = € 1.00
denom_8 = € 2.00
header_9 = € 2 Coin Edge
box_9 = The edge lettering features the words "EINIGKEIT UND RECHT UND FREIHEIT" ("Unity and Justice and Freedom"), Germany's national motto and the beginning of Germany's national anthem.
row_3_caption = Interpretation of the German eagle, symbol of German sovereignty.
Circulating Mintage quantities
Future changes to national sides
"The national sides of all denominations of the euro circulation coins should bear an indication of the issuing Member State by means of the Member State’s name or an abbreviation of it.
"The national side should not repeat any indication on the denomination, or any parts thereof, of the coin neither should it repeat the name of the single currency or of its subdivision, unless such indication stems from the use of a different alphabet.
"This Recommendation should apply to national sides and edge letterings of both normal and commemorative euro circulation coins. It should not apply to the national sides and edge letterings of both normal and commemorative euro circulation coins which have been first issued prior to the adoption of this Recommendation."
The above paragraphs, in essence, requires 5 of the eurozone members to change their national designs. Finland was the first state when they changed its design in 2007, Belgium did so in 2008 while
Germanywill not change its current design for the time being. [cite press release|title = No design change for Austrian and German euro coins (in German)|date = 2008-02-01|url = http://www.zwei-euro.com/2-euro/|accessdate = 2008-02-01]
€2 commemorative coins
German commemorative euro coinslists higher-denomination collectors' coins
* [http://www.ecb.int/bc/euro/coins/html/de.en.html European Central Bank – Information about the German euro coins]
* [http://www.bundesbank.de Deutsche Bundesbank (German Central Bank)]
* [http://www.ibiblio.org/theeuro/files/files.nat/germany.s01.htm The Euro Information Website – Germany]
* [http://eur-lex.europa.eu/LexUriServ/site/en/oj/2005/l_186/l_18620050718en00010002.pdf Common guidelines for the national sides of euro circulation coins]
* [http://www.businessweek.com/globalbiz/content/may2008/gb2008052_304793.htm?chan=globalbiz_europe+index+page_top+stories One-Third of Germans Want the Mark Back]
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