100 Euro Germany Aachen 2012
Every year since 2002, the Federal Republic of Germany has issued a 100 Euro coin in gold, decorated with a new, familiar and significant motif of the country each year. The limited edition coins, currently limited to 270,000, are minted at all five mints in the Republic and are high prized among collectors. In 2012, the 100 Euro coin featuring a very special structure in German history, Aachen Cathedral, was issued. The cathedral, which was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1978, was the first German building to be included on this prestigious list and so it was also given a place in the popular coin series in 2012.
The 100 Euro Aachen 2012 Gold coin from CoinInvest
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With the introduction of the Euro, the federal government decided to release a commemorative coin, which was to be dedicated to a significant piece of German culture and history each year. Since then 270,000 have been minted per issue on blanks with a purity of 999.9/1000 and a fine weight of ½ oz of gold. The coins are minted in proof quality at all five of the Federal Republic of Germany's official mints, Berlin (A), Munich (D), Karlsruhe (G), Stuttgart (F) and Hamburg (J). This can be seen from the mint marks on the back to the right next to the nominal value. Imprinted with the nominal value of €100, all of the coins in this series are legal tender in Germany and throughout the entire Euro zone. But the actual material value exceeds the nominal value of the coin many times over. Every year, thousands of designs are submitted to find the motif and are judged by a panel of seven people. Under the chairmanship of the Berlin medallist, Jordi Truxa
, 12 finalists are invited to once again present their designs for final selection. In 2012, the winning design was by the Munich coin artist Erich Ott
, whose interpretation of the Aachen Cathedral was recommended as a minting template.
The Symbol of Aachen in Gold
Aachen Cathedral has played an important role not only in German history but also in European history. Between 790 and 800, Charlemagne built cathedral's Palatine Chapel as a place of worship and appointed it as the centre of his European empire. In addition to being the Throne of Charlemagne, this is also final resting place of its constructor, who was buried there in 814. From an architectural perspective, the Palatine Chapel represents an important milestone as the original structural component of Aachen Cathedral, which was the highest domed structure in Europe for four centuries. With the finest of lines, Erich Ott drew the side elevation of Aachen Cathedral as can also be seen by visitors today. The presentation has been kept simple and only shows the majestic church building in all its splendour, breadth and height, completely filling the motif side of the coin. A simple inscription names the image as a "WELTERBE DOM ZU AACHEN" (Aachen Cathedral World Heritage Site), while below the cathedral the "UNESCO" inscription can be seen. The circular depiction of the German Federal Eagle on the obverse, however, works as a geometric contrast to the angular structure of the sacred building on the front. The German Federal Eagle is surrounded by a total of twelve European stars, which bear the nominal value of "100 EURO" in the centre below the eagle. The country of issue "BUNDESREPUBLIK DEUTSCHLAND" (Federal Republic of Germany) is embossed above the stars at the top edge of the coin. The edge of the coin is grooved.
The 100 Euro Coin Germany ½ oz Gold Aachen Cathedral 2012 as an Investment Object
As the coins in the 100 Euro Germany Series in Gold
are still less well known, demand on the collector's market is still at a relatively low level at the moment. For investors, however, who focus more on the material value rather than the design of a coin, the coin promises to be an interesting object. With only a small current surcharge, the issue price for the 100 Euro Germany Coin
is close to its actual material value. But collectors can also be sure of acquiring an unusual and high-quality coin and, as a limited edition of 270,000 coins, a rare item for your portfolio.