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Lübeck is a city in Germany and the Old Town was added to the UNESCO World Heritage Site list in 1987. 20 years later, in 2007, the 100 EURO Lübeck commemorative gold coin was issued.
This coin is part of a series of gold coins issued by the German Government, to celebrate the cities that have been chosen by UNESCO. Tthese coins are a great historical and cultural part of Germany, and all the coins have the same characteristics: they were minted from 99.90% gold, weigh 15.55g or ½ ounces and have a diameter of 28mm.
The obverse was designed by Bodo Broschat and shows a detailed city skyline with the famous landmark of the city, the Holsten Gate in the foreground, and behind it the old town with seven towers of the five major churches of the hanseatic city - St. Mary's Church with its twin towers in the vicinity of the market place the Town Hall, St. Peter's Church,built in the 13th century, the St. Aegidien Church, the smallest of the five, and the Church of St. James, built in the 14th Century which houses a memorial for lost sailors. Built in the 15th century the Holsten Gate on the other side of the Trave river marks the western entrance of the city like a bridgehead. The inscriptions on this side of the coin are: "UNESCO Welterbe" and "Hansestadt Lübeck".
The back of the 100 Euro Lübeck gold coin is typical for these 100 Euro gold coins and shows the German eagle and the 12 European stars. The following inscriptions are engraved: "BUNDESREPUBLIK DEUTSCHLAND", the year of issue "2007" and the denomination "100 EURO". The letter "F", which is placed right below the eagle means that the coin displayed on our website was minted in Stuttgart.
The gold coins are legal tender in Germany and worldwide only 330,000 copies were issued, each of the five German mints produced 66,000 coins each.