The silver commemorative coins of the Republic of Germany by Rolf Michaelis
Since 1953, the Republic of Germany has produced commemorative coins to point out special occasions. Those are circulated with different designs depicting various anniversaries or significant German events, these differing coin designs being labelled German commemorative coins. The coins are valid means of payment, however, they are actually only collector's items. Until 2001, the commemorative mintage had a value of 5 and 10 DM, since 2001, they have a value of 10 Euros.
In general, the commemorative coins are produced in different qualities and are therefore sold at different prices.
List of coins
- „Stempelglanz“ (Uncirculated): The blanks are minted on ordinary stamps. As the coins are packed into rolls, they can have scratches. They are sold at a 1:1 rate. Since 2011, the uncirculated 10Euro commemorative hard cash have been produced from a copper-nickel alloy.
- „Spiegelglanz“ (Mint gloss): The blanks, which contain 62,5 or 92,5% silver, are minted on polished stamps. So they have a polished base and a mat picture.
- „Polierte Platte“ (Polished plate): The already prepared and polished blanks – containing 62,5 or 92,5% silver – are also minted with polished stamps and show a polished base with a mat picture. However, the coins have a special quality. They are encapsulated or sealed to protect them, so that they are a little bit more expensive than normal coins.
Value and materials of the coins
As most commemorative mintage are produced in a high number, the most important thing is the amount of silver in the hard cash:
Nominal value: 5 DM (28 memory mintage were produced from 1953 to 1979)
Material: 62,5 % pure silver, 37,5 % copper – weight: 11,2 g
Value of the silver: ca. 5,30 Euros
Nominal value: 5 DM (15 memory coins were produced from 1980 to 1986)
Merit: ca. 75 % copper, 25 % nickel with pure nickel (magnimate) – weight: 10 g
Nominal value: 10 DM (29 memory mintage were produced from 1970 to 1997)
Material: 62,5 % pure silver, 37,5 % copper – weight: 15,5 g
Merit of the silver: ca. 7,30 Euros
Nominal value: 10 DM (14 meomory coins were produced from 1998 to 2001)
Material: 92,5 % silver, 7,5 % copper – weight: 15,5 g
Nominal value: 10 Euro until the end of 2010 (50 memory coins were produced from 2002 to 2010)
Nominal value: 10 Euros (1 memory coin was produced in spring 2011)
Material: 92,5 % silver, 7,5 % copper - weight: 16 g
Nominal value: 10 Euro since 2011 (10 memory coins were produced from 2011to 2012)
Material: 62,5 % silver, 37,5 % copper. (mint gloss quality – backside „silver 625“) – weight: 16 g