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Offline chrisild

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Re: Pre-euro Coinage of the Federal Republic of Germany
« Reply #75 on: August 02, 2019, 11:37:15 AM »
You are simplifying a bit much there. The cold war wasn't about the BRD, but the BRD was a focal point.

Exactly - the continued division of Germany, and the separate division of Berlin, were products or effects of the Cold War. Neither the Western allies nor Adenauer's government were interested in a united but neutral Germany, especially not in a country that might have ended in the USSR's sphere of influence. The model that worked for Austria was not an option here.

Now if you look where most of the AfD supporters are today, that might be another indicator of why things did apparently not work that smoothly after the early 90s. Sure, you may say that this (populism to put it very mildly) is not very different of what you have in several other countries, but within Germany you still have a noticeable difference.

Back to coins, in Germany zinc and iron were materials used for notgeld already in and shortly after WW1, and then again WW2. So I suppose most people associated that (and probably aluminum too) with "difficult" times, with or without swastikas. ;) So the currency reform in the Western zones got us "copper", brass and Cu-Ni coins while the currency reform in the Eastern zone brought aluminum and brass. Once the two countries were founded, the Federal Republic even had a silver coin (for about 25 years) while the GDR had aluminum except for the 0.20 and 5.00 coins ...

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Re: Pre-euro Coinage of the Federal Republic of Germany
« Reply #76 on: August 02, 2019, 07:51:31 PM »
It licked obesity as a national health problem (I remember those beer bellies of the fifties and sixties).

Unfortunately, Germany still hasn't won ''the war obesity'' so far. A stroll through city centers during this warm and sometimes hot summer of 2019 will leave you with images you would rather like to forget.  ;D

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Re: Pre-euro Coinage of the Federal Republic of Germany
« Reply #77 on: August 03, 2019, 12:33:12 AM »
But a stroll through Wikimedia shows you that we're ... well, not great, not bad. ;)
https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:BMI-30-Worldmap-2014.svg

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