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Germany: 2012 €10 Design Contests

Started by chrisild, June 11, 2011, 11:10:14 AM

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chrisild

"Welthungerhilfe"

Next year Germany will issue a €10 collector coin dedicated to the Welthungerhilfe (see here). Here are all four designs that won a prize; the winning design will become a coin ...

This is the winner (artist: Elena Gerber); note that the design has already been adapted to what the prooflike version (silver) will look like. A larger image is here.

Christian

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This design won the second prize (larger image). The jury said that the "image side" was good but fuller than the "value side", so the overall design was not as well balanced as #1.

Christian

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The third prize (large image). Again, the design of the image side is good according to the jury, but could as well be about the protection of nature.

chrisild

And here we have the fourth prize (large image). Seems that this one was designed by Gerber too.

Christian

Figleaf

I disagree with the jury. All designs, except number three could just as well have been on progress in agriculture (Welthunger). The only one that includes the thought of co-operation (Hilfe) is number three, though I would have liked to make the hands a bit more different.

Peter
An unidentified coin is a piece of metal. An identified coin is a piece of history.

chrisild

If design #3 had a "dry soil" background like the winner, I would agree. After all, #1 does not show human action/help at all. But in #3 you only have the globe in the background and the hands with that tiny plant. At least the four best designs did not simply use the Welthungerhilfe logo. :)

Christian

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This coin will, according to the current schedule, be issued in April 2012. The silver (Ag 625) version can be purchased from the Numismatic Office (VfS); the Cu-Ni version can be had at face from the Bundesbank branch offices and various commercial banks.

Christian

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In February 2012 a €10 collector coin will be issued that honors Friedrich II, born 300 years ago. That Prussian king (Frederick "the Great") was commemorated on an earlier coin (5 DM 1986) too, but apparently the German government wants to do it again. This time the artist who won the design contest is Erich Ott.

The jury emphasized that Ott's design is based on the only "authentic" portrait of Friedrich, made by Johann G. Ziesenis in 1763. As usual with those design contests, the winning design appears "polished" while the other three are basically photos of the actual models. Note that the "XY" initials, used for the purpose of the anonymous competition, will be replaced by Ott's "Œ". Also, the silver/proof version will say "Silber 625" on the eagle side.

Attached is the image of the winning design; a larger version can be viewed/downloaded here:
http://www.bbr.bund.de/cln_032/nn_21470/DE/WettbewerbeAusschreibungen/Muenzwettbewerbe/Ablage__AbgeschlWettbewerbe/10Euro-Muenze__300Geburtstag__FriedrichII/1Preis__Bild,property=poster.jpg

Christian

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The second prize went to Hans J. Dobler who used a relatively small portrait, surrounded by several Friedrich quotes. Large image: http://www.bbr.bund.de/cln_032/nn_21470/DE/WettbewerbeAusschreibungen/Muenzwettbewerbe/Ablage__AbgeschlWettbewerbe/10Euro-Muenze__300Geburtstag__FriedrichII/2Preis__Bild,property=poster.jpg

Christian

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Carsten Theumer won the third prize. The jury liked the design but found it odd that, on the occasion of Friedrich's 300th birthday, his death mask would be used. Also, they found the eagle interesting but, in its ornate style, too far away from the Federal Republic's CoA bird.

By the way, below the king's portrait the artist added two small "Windspiel" (greyhound?) dogs; Friedrich liked those. Large image:
http://www.bbr.bund.de/cln_032/nn_21470/DE/WettbewerbeAusschreibungen/Muenzwettbewerbe/Ablage__AbgeschlWettbewerbe/10Euro-Muenze__300Geburtstag__FriedrichII/3Preis__Bild,property=poster.jpg

Christian

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Fourth prize: Ulrich Böhme. He picked the most popular portrait of Friedrich (by Anton Graff), mirrored it, and added a woodcut work by Adolph Menzel which shows Friedrich in front of the Potsdam city castle. According to the jury, the design is good but would be difficult to use on a coin. Large image: http://www.bbr.bund.de/cln_032/nn_21470/DE/WettbewerbeAusschreibungen/Muenzwettbewerbe/Ablage__AbgeschlWettbewerbe/10Euro-Muenze__300Geburtstag__FriedrichII/4Preis__Bild,property=poster.jpg

Christian

chrisild

Once upon a time there was ... a jury that picked the best design for a coin. :)  Next year a €10 collector coin will be issued that commemorates the first publication of the Kinder- und Haus-Märchen by the Grimm Brothers 200 years ago.

Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm were linguists, law professors, liberals; they wrote a famous dictionary, grammar books, but also collected fairy tales (Märchen in German). In December 1812 they published the first issue of that collection. As they also did that for educational reasons, the two edited the stories; back in those days it was quite common to keep sexual references out but allow violence. More tales were added in later editions, and the stories were re-written several times.

By the way, the Grimm brothers later were university professors in Göttingen. Back then the city was part of the Kingdom of Hannover, and in 1837 the new king did away with the liberal constitution of the country. Some professors including the Grimms - the Göttingen Seven - opposed the move and protested against it in writing. They were then forced to leave the university, and some of them even had to leave the country. The Grimms moved to Prussia where they were welcomed; Jacob Grimm became a member of the "Nationalversammlung" in Frankfurt, the first German parliament that could be called democratically elected. Ironically it was mostly due to the Prussian opposition that this assembly ultimately failed. Errm, back to the fairy tales, and the design contest. ;)

Christian

chrisild

The winner of the contest is Christian Höpfner's design. He used a "double portrait" that was made by their brother Ludwig E. Grimm. As this is the coin that is going to be issued (in June 2012), the design was edited, proof style so to say. The others look like the regular models that were used for the contest.

Note that the eagle side says "Silber 625"; that applies to the silver proof version. The Cu-Ni version obviously comes without it. A larger image of the winning design is here: http://www.bbr.bund.de/nn_21470/DE/WettbewerbeAusschreibungen/Muenzwettbewerbe/Ablage__AbgeschlWettbewerbe/10Euro-Muenze__GrimmsMaerchen/1Preis__Bild,property=poster.jpg

Christian

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Second prize: Michael Otto. The jury liked the portraits (from 1843) and said that the two can easily be recognized. They also found the asymmetric inscription - on both sides - to be fine. However, the jury said that the eagle side is a little too busy, especially if the silver content was added on the proof pieces.

Large image: http://www.bbr.bund.de/nn_21470/DE/WettbewerbeAusschreibungen/Muenzwettbewerbe/Ablage__AbgeschlWettbewerbe/10Euro-Muenze__GrimmsMaerchen/2Preis__Bild,property=poster.jpg

Christian

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Hannes Dauer won the third prize. The portrait is very similar to the ones used for the other design, but he "abstracted" the Grimms a little. On one hand the jury explicitly appreciated the fact that he tried something different; on the other hand the result is a little too "mask style" here. They also said that, in the silver proof version, the "empty" spaces might dominate the overall look.

Large image: http://www.bbr.bund.de/nn_21470/DE/WettbewerbeAusschreibungen/Muenzwettbewerbe/Ablage__AbgeschlWettbewerbe/10Euro-Muenze__GrimmsMaerchen/3Preis__Bild,property=poster.jpg

Christian