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Media Forum - German Mint Coins for 2009
March 23, 2009

German Mint 2009 Coins

Dr. Andreas Schikora, Director of the Berlin Mint presented the German Mint program for 2009, which offers the standard issues, plus a number of exciting items. One coin that caused a stir on the bourse floor later in the show was the Saarland 2 Euro bimetallic commemorative, which offers a view of the bell tower.

Also scheduled for 2009 are coins commemorating the 100th Anniversary of the International Space Station, the 600th Anniversary of Leipzig University - which will only be struck with the A mint mark at Berlin, a triangular designed 10 Euro commemorative honoring the 100th Anniversary of the foundation of Youth Hostels - which will only be struck at Karlsruhe bearing the G mint mark and not released until August and a gold 100 Euro for UNESCO featuring the Roman Church at Trier struck at all German Mints beginning in October.

Two other German issues set for 2009 should prove to be standouts. The first is a silver 10 Euro featuring a Javelin thrower in honor of the 9th IAAF World Championship of Athletics set to take place in Berlin. The design on this piece is great and sports coins of this sort are not easy to create in an authentic and aesthetic way. This one achieves the desired effect. The second standout is a 10 Euro struck only at Stuttgart for the 400th Anniversary of Kepler's law. This type displays planetary orbits in Kepler's head, as if he is thinking about them. What a great concept by designer Prof. Ulrich Boehme and the execution of the design is beautiful as well. Watch for this coin's release in early May, 2009.

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Tom Michael has been Krause Publications primary market analyst on more than 80 world and United States coin catalogs produced over the last 20 years. He came to KP in 1987 with a bachelor of arts degree in history, a master of arts degree in economics and a history of coin collecting stretching back to the 1960s. He began collecting world coins as a child by asking friends and relatives to bring coins back from overseas trips, visiting flea markets and having his mother watch for foreign coins in her register at the local grocery store. Today he works with a dedicated base of over 200 contributors to provide accurate market values for the five-volume Standard Catalog of World Coins series, as well as many specialty catalogs, including Coins & Currency of the Middle East and the fifth edition of Unusual World Coins.

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