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Re: Germany: 2020 Collector Coins
« Reply #30 on: June 14, 2020, 01:13:39 PM »
The design I like too. Now the three "themes" are, as you will know, the first words of the German national anthem: Einigkeit und Recht und Freiheit. When Hoffmann von Fallersleben wrote them (as part of his Lied der Deutschen) in 1841, he implied and emphasized that they are closely connected.

In fact, the 1848 National Assembly was about all three, unity and justice and freedom: The members of that parliament wanted to create a unified country, write a constitution, and do away with the limitation of freedom by authoritarian princes. If you see it from that point, St. Paul's would even have worked as a design for all three issues. ;)

Just like the previous Unesco series, those €100 coins will be half-ounce pieces, with a diameter of 28 mm. The next two coins in that "Values" mini-series will feature the Bundesverfassungsgericht (Federal Constitutional Court, Karlsruhe) on the 2021/Justice piece, and the Brandenburg Gate (Berlin) on the 2022/Freedom issue. Bastian Prillwitz designed the image sides of all three coins.

Side note: The Corona pandemic also influenced the issue schedule; the "regular"/BU version of both the Freiburg and the Münchhausen coins will be available as from 9 July.

Christian

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Re: Germany: 2020 Collector Coins
« Reply #31 on: June 14, 2020, 04:09:47 PM »
The three are closely connected in that they overlap, but they are not the same. There is an interesting parallel in the French equivalent Liberté Egalité Fraternité - Freedom Equality, Brotherhood. The words were chosen as a direct reaction on the absolutist kings, just as the German motto was chosen as a reaction on the pushback from nobility on liberalism after the Napoleonic wars. Liberté and Freiheit are the same concept, of course. Egalité is equality before the law, narrower than the word Recht, but to a large extent going in the same direction. Fraternité and Einigkeit similarly are not too far apart, both going into the direction of solidarity.

The point of this comparison is that France issued (pseudo-)coins for the parts of its motto also and that the parts of the motto also overlap. There was even a domed building on one of those coins. How about that? ;)

If the message remains though-provoking and admired, that's more important than the medium, not the other way around.

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Re: Germany: 2020 Collector Coins
« Reply #32 on: Today at 08:50:40 AM »
Quick side note – just got a note from the Numismatic Office about the prices of surcharged collector coins. Since the German government lowered the full VAT rate from 19% to 16% (Corona stimulus, from 1 Jul until 31 Dec only), the 2020 pieces such as the "Freiburg" coin will be a little less expensive.

That one will be issued on 9 July, and the unc version can be had at face at Bundesbank branch offices and various commercial banks. The surcharged proof version will now cost 34 euro (€34.07 to be precise). This price also applies to other €20 coins that the Numismatic Office sells. The proof set with all €20 pieces issued this year can be had for €134.47 ...

This reduced tax rate also applies to other surcharged coins that they sell. Gold collector coins (no VAT) are not affected.

Christian