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According to unfounded rumors from usually well informed sources :ninja: the German federal government has just decided which collector coins will be issued in 2008. (Yes, that last digit is an eight; 2007 is old hats ...)

 

2 € - German states series: Hamburg - ADFGJ - 1 February

http://www.ecb.europa.eu/bc/euro/coins/com...omm_2008_de.jpg

This commemorative coin is the only 2008 piece of which the design is already known. It shows St. Michael's church in the city (and state) of Hamburg. That €2 coin will be legal tender (and actually circulate) in the entire currency union. The following six issues are collector coins (legal tender in the issuing member state only):

 

10 €: Carl Spitzweg (born 200 years ago) - D - 7 February

http://www.bbr.bund.de/DE/WettbewerbeAussc...rty=default.jpg

http://www.bbr.bund.de/DE/WettbewerbeAussc...rty=default.jpg

Spitzweg was a German/Bavarian artist; the ironical painting "The Poor Poet" http://www.carl-spitzweg.de/Galerie/Bilder...spitzweg001.jpg is probably his most famous work.

 

10 €: Max Planck (born 150 years ago) - F - 10 April

http://www.bbr.bund.de/DE/WettbewerbeAussc...rty=default.jpg

Max Planck was a 19-20c physicist; he is also depicted on the 2 DM circulation coins issued between 1957 and 1971 http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/comm...ck_2DM_grau.gif and on a GDR commem http://www.muenzenladen.de/nvCOM/images/ddr/5mark/8109.jpg issued in 1983.

 

10 €: Franz Kafka (born 125 years ago) - G - 10 July

http://www.bbr.bund.de/DE/WettbewerbeAussc...rty=default.jpg

Kafka was a writer (Der Prozess/The Trial) in the early 20c. He was born, and spent most of his life, in Prague - then part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, now Czech Republic. But he wrote primarily in German, and also lived in Berlin for some time (1923/24) shortly before he died.

 

10 €: 50 years Gorch Fock - J - 7 August

http://www.bbr.bund.de/DE/WettbewerbeAussc...rty=default.jpg

The ship "Gorch Fock" is a training sail vessel of the German navy. The current Gorch Fock was built in 1958 (the older one is a museum ship in Stralsund). A vessel of that type is also shown on the 10 DM notes issued between 1963 and 1990.

http://aes.iupui.edu/rwise/banknotes/Germa...ic/gfr031_b.jpg

 

100 € (gold) - Unesco World Cultural Heritage series: Goslar - ADFGJ - 1 October

http://www.bundesfinanzministerium.de/Shar...rty=default.jpg

That series of gold coins honors protected architectural ensembles, not single buildings. Previous issues were dedicated to the historic centers of Bamberg and Quedlinburg for example.

 

10 €: The Nebra Sky Disk - A - 9 October

http://www.bbr.bund.de/DE/WettbewerbeAussc...rty=default.jpg

The early bronze age "Himmelsscheibe von Nebra", found in 1999 under strange circumstances - more information at http://www.archlsa.de/sterne/ (page in German; the FAQ is in German and English).

 

(2007-12-05: Added the design images for the 2008 coins.)

(2008-02-06: Updated some 2008 dates of issue.)

 

Christian

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Let's move on ... to 2009. :ninja: Two €2 commemorative coins, six €10 silver coins, and one €100 gold coin, will be issued in that year. This will be the 2009 coin from the German States series: http://www.bbr.bund.de/DE/WettbewerbeAussc...rty=default.jpg

 

The coin honors Saarland, and the building depicted is the Ludwigskirche, a baroque church in the state capital Saarbrücken. (Note that the image shows a draft design; the common side for example will of course have the current map.) More about the other issues later ...

 

Christian

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No, you don't need the Hamburg piece, that one is ... derrière beauty-challenged. :ninja: The Bavaria coin is scheduled for 2012 and will probably show Neuschwanstein Castle.

 

(Aren't you glad you don't have any ancestors from Brandenburg? That piece comes in 2021 ...)

 

Christian

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