German euro coins

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German euro coins have three separate designs for the three series of coins. The 1-cent, 2-cent and 5-cent coins were designed by Rolf Lederbogen, the design for the 10-cent, 20-cent and 50-cent coins is by 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 mark indicating the particular mint that minted the coin.

The letters were assigned to the mints as they opened. The mints in Hannover/Vienna (B), Frankfurt am Main (C), Dresden/Muldenhütte (E), and Darmstadt (H) have since been closed; the last, Muldenhütte, in 1953.

German euro design[edit]

For images of the common side and a detailed description of the coins, see euro coins.

Depiction of German euro coinage | Obverse side
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Oak twig on back of German 1-cent coin Oak twig on back of German 2-cent coin Oak twig on back of German 5-cent coin
German oak twig which was also featured on the former pfennig.
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Brandenburg Gate on back of German 10-cent coin Brandenburg Gate on back of German 20-cent coin Brandenburg Gate on back of German 50-cent coin
The Brandenburg Gate as a symbol of division and unity.
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German Eagle on back of German 1 euro coin 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.
Interpretation of the German eagle, symbol of German sovereignty.

Circulating Mintage quantities[edit]

The following table shows the mintage quantity for all German euro coins, per denomination, per year (the numbers are represented in millions).[1]

Face Value €0.01 €0.02 €0.05 €0.10 €0.20 €0.50 €1.00 €2.00 €2.00 CC
2002 A 800.0 360.0 480.0 696.1 378.1 337.7 367.9 238.9 *
2002 D 840.0 483.0 504.0 722.0 367.0 370.2 372.6 238.9 *
2002 F 960.0 507.8 576.0 838.8 421.6 430.5 439.8 281.1 *
2002 G 560.0 311.8 336.0 494.3 251.9 256.6 266.4 182.0 *
2002 J 840.0 419.4 504.0 758.6 441.0 401.4 372.3 257.8 *
2002 Total 4,840.0 2,501.4 2,904.0 4,268.4 2,300.5 2,156.9 2,186.9 1,448.0 *
Face Value €0.01 €0.02 €0.05 €0.10 €0.20 €0.50 €1.00 €2.00 €2.00 CC
2003 A * 200.0 * 50.7 41.9 * 50.3 20.5 *
2003 D * 105.0 * 50.8 24.1 70.6 * 22.2 *
2003 F * 164.2 * 6.0 82.4 * * 24.5 *
2003 G * 80.2 * 13.0 42.1 * * 29.1 *
2003 J * 168.6 * 25.5 * 39.6 29.9 19.5 *
2003 Total * 718.0 * 146.0 190.5 110.2 80.2 115.8 *

*** Small quantities minted for sets only

Face Value €0.01 €0.02 €0.05 €0.10 €0.20 €0.50 €1.00 €2.00 €2.00 CC
2004 A 280.0 127.0 112.0 * * 82.3 21.9 31.6 *
2004 D 294.0 133.4 117.6 11.2 49.8 * 89.3 19.8 *
2004 F 336.0 152.4 134.4 51.4 * 73.5 88.2 * *
2004 G 196.0 88.9 78.4 15.5 * 37.4 41.7 * *
2004 J 294.0 133.4 117.6 * * * * 22.5 *
2004 Total 1,400.0 635.1 560.0 78.1 49.8 193.2 241.1 73.9 *

*** Small quantities minted for sets only

Face Value €0.01 €0.02 €0.05 €0.10 €0.20 €0.50 €1.00 €2.00 €2.00 CC
2005 A 120.0 73.0 44.0 * 8.0 * * * *
2005 D 126.0 76.7 46.2 * 8.4 * * * *
2005 F 144.0 87.6 52.8 * 9.6 * * * *
2005 G 84.0 51.1 30.8 * 5.6 * * * *
2005 J 126.0 76.7 46.2 * 8.4 * 59.8 * *
2005 Total 600.0 365.1 220.0 * 40.0 * 59.8 * *

*** Small quantities minted for sets only

Face Value €0.01 €0.02 €0.05 €0.10 €0.20 €0.50 €1.00 €2.00 €2.00 CC
2006 A * 108.0 27.0 * 39.0 * * * 6.0
2006 D * 113.4 28.4 * 41.0 * * * 6.3
2006 F * 129.6 32.4 * 46.8 * * * 7.2
2006 G * 75.6 18.9 * 27.3 * * * *
2006 J * 148.4 28.4 * 41.0 * * * 6.3
2006 Total * 575.0 135.1 * 195.1 * * * 30.0

*** Small quantities minted for sets only

Face Value €0.01 €0.02 €0.05 €0.10 €0.20 €0.50 €1.00 €2.00 €2.00 CC
2007 A 119.4 100.0 52.4 * 21.6 * * * 2.04
2007 D 125.4 105.0 55.0 * 22.7 * * * 26.34
2007 F 143.3 120.0 62.9 * 25.9 * * * 19.85
2007 G 83.6 70.0 36.7 * 15.1 * * * 9.2
2007 J 125.4 105.0 55.0 * 22.9 * * * 2.57
2007 Total 597.1 500.0 262.0 * 108.2 * * * 60.0

* No coins were minted that year for that denomination
*** Small quantities minted for sets only

Face Value €0.01 €0.02 €0.05 €0.10 €0.20 €0.50 €1.00 €2.00
2008 A 101.2 80.0 29.2 *** 15.8 *** *** 11.4
2008 D 106.3 84.0 30.7 *** 16.6 *** *** 11.8
2008 F 121.4 96.0 35.0 *** 19.0 *** *** 13.7
2008 G 70.8 56.0 20.4 *** 11.1 *** *** 8.0
2008 J 106.3 84.0 30.7 *** 16.3 *** *** 12.0
2008 Total 506.0 400.0 146.0 *** 78.8 *** *** 56.9

*** Small quantities minted for sets only

Face Value €0.01 €0.02 €0.05 €0.10 €0.20 €0.50 €1.00 €2.00
2009 A 100.0 59.0 39.6 *** 21.6 *** *** *
2009 D 105.0 62.0 41.6 *** 22.7 *** *** *
2009 F 120.0 70.8 47.5 *** 25.9 *** *** *
2009 G 70.0 41.3 27.7 *** 15.1 *** *** *
2009 J 105.0 62.0 41.6 *** 22.7 *** *** *
2009 Total 500.0 295.1 198.0 *** 108.0 *** *** *

* No coins were minted that year for that denomination
*** Small quantities minted for sets only

Face Value €0.01 €0.02 €0.05 €0.10 €0.20 €0.50 €1.00 €2.00
2010 A 94.4 72.8 39.8 *** 24.4 *** *** 19.6
2010 D 99.1 76.4 41.8 *** 25.6 *** *** 20.6
2010 F 113.3 87.4 47.8 *** 29.3 *** *** 23.5
2010 G 66.1 51.0 27.9 *** 17.1 *** *** 13.7
2010 J 99.1 76.4 41.8 *** 25.6 *** *** 20.6
2010 Total 472.0 364.0 199.1 *** 122.0 *** *** 98.0

*** Small quantities minted for sets only

Face Value €0.01 €0.02 €0.05 €0.10 €0.20 €0.50 €1.00 €2.00
2011 A 118.4 100.4 59.2 *** 33.0 *** *** 20.2
2011 D 124.3 105.4 62.2 *** 34.7 *** *** 21.2
2011 F 142.1 120.5 71.0 *** 39.6 *** *** 24.2
2011 G 82.9 70.3 41.4 *** 23.1 *** *** 14.1
2011 J 124.3 105.4 62.2 *** 34.7 *** *** 21.2
2011 Total 592.0 502.0 296.0 *** 165.1 *** *** 100.9

*** Small quantities minted for sets only

Future changes to national sides[edit]

The European Commission issued a recommendation on 19 December 2008, a common guideline for the national sides and the issuance of euro coins intended for circulation. One section of this recommendation stipulates that:

Article 2. Identification of the issuing Member State:
"The national sides of all denominations of the euro coins intended for circulation should bear an indication of the issuing Member State by means of the Member State’s name or an abbreviation of it."

A new design on the German euro coins is expected in the near future to comply with these new guidelines, although nothing officially has been announced.[2]

€2 commemorative coins[edit]

German Bundesländer series[edit]

Germany started the commemorative coin series Die 16 Bundesländer der Bundesrepublik Deutschland (The 16 States of the Federal Republic of Germany) in 2006, which will continue until 2021. The year in which the coin for a specific state is issued coincides with that state's Presidency of the Bundesrat.[3] The coins issued are:

Year Number State Design
2006 1  Schleswig-Holstein Holstentor in Lübeck
2007 2  Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Schwerin Castle
2008 3  Hamburg St. Michaelis Church
2009 4  Saarland Ludwigskirche in Saarbrücken
2010 5  Bremen City Hall and Roland
2011 6  North Rhine-Westphalia Cologne Cathedral
2012 7  Bavaria Neuschwanstein Castle near Füssen
2013 8  Baden-Württemberg Maulbronn Abbey
2014 9  Lower Saxony St. Michael's Church in Hildesheim
2015 10  Hesse Paulskirche in Frankfurt am Main
2016 11  Saxony Zwinger Palace in Dresden
2017 12  Rhineland-Palatinate Porta Nigra in Trier
2018 13  Berlin Charlottenburg Palace
2019 14  Saxony-Anhalt Cathedral of Magdeburg
2020 15  Thuringia Wartburg Castle in Eisenach
2021 16  Brandenburg Sanssouci Palace in Potsdam

The other eleven coins will be issued in the following years; note that some designs are not yet finalised and still subject to change. Originally, the designs for the following states were different:[3]

The series is similar to the United States' 50 State Quarters series, which saw fifty coins issued for its fifty constituent states, five per year between 1999 and 2008. A separate program saw six coins issued in 2009 for the District of Columbia and five territories of the United States.

Collector coins[edit]

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Circulating Mintage quantities". Henning Agt. Retrieved 22 August 2008. 
  2. ^ "Recommendation of 19 December 2008 on common guidelines for the national side of euro coins". The Euro Information Website. 14 January 2009. Retrieved 14 January 2009. 
  3. ^ a b "The Euro – FAQ: Bundesländer Series". 7 April 2007. Retrieved 7 April 2007.