tabbs Posted July 19, 2007 Report Share Posted July 19, 2007 In mid-2008 a German €10 collector coin will be issued, honoring the 125th birthday of the writer Franz Kafka. (See http://www.coinpeople.com/index.php?showtopic=10131 for the other 2008/2009 themes.) Franz Kafka was born in Prague in 1883. He spent most of his life in the city, grew up in a German-Jewish environment, and wrote in German. Among his most famous works (novels, short stories, etc.) are Das Urteil (The Judgment), Das Schloss (The Castle) and Der Prozess (The Trial). In 1923 Kafka moved to Berlin, but his tuberculosis soon got worse, and a year later he died at a hospital near Vienna. Quite a few of his works were not completed and edited/published after his death. Design Competition - Overview http://www.bbr.bund.de/cln_005/nn_21470/DE...FranzKafka.html Keep in mind that the "eagle side" of every collector coin has to have the country name (Bundesrepublik Deutschland), the federal eagle, the twelve stars of Europe, the face value, and the year and mint mark. That limits a designer's artistic freedom of course ... Winning Design: Frantisek Chochola The winning design, depicted above, shows Kafka's face "embedded" in quotes from his works. On the left, St. Vitus Cathedral in Prague. This combination of author/portrait, "his" city and his works is what the jury liked most about this design. http://www.bbr.bund.de/DE/WettbewerbeAussc...rty=default.jpg Second Prize: Erich Ott This design shows a portrait of Franz Kafka. The jury emphasized the good "balance" of this one; both sides have the core design in the middle third. http://www.bbr.bund.de/DE/WettbewerbeAussc...rty=default.jpg Third Prize: Heinz Hoyer Hoyer's theme was not so much the author but what he conveys in many of his works. He shows a tiny Kafka at a desk in the middle of a maze. In this case the jury argued that the design, although formally interesting, cannot be recognized as honoring Kafka. http://www.bbr.bund.de/DE/WettbewerbeAussc...rty=default.jpg Fourth Prize: Werner Mebert Mebert combined a portrait of the young man (modeled after a photo taken in 1906 when Kafka became a Doctor of Law) and his signature. According to the jury, that side is well done but does not correspond well with the eagle side. http://www.bbr.bund.de/DE/WettbewerbeAussc...rty=default.jpg Christian Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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