2019 Germania 5 Mark Silver Round BU (2020 WMF Edition)
The 49th edition of the World Money Fair in 2020 is approaching. Once again, the biggest mints and numismatic companies from all over the world will visit Berlin. Germania Mint will also participate in this event.
In association with this event, Germania Mint has produced special 2020 WMF blisterpack editions of five of their stellar offerings. Beautifully designed, and including the WMF logo, each special package is also sequentially numbered. The 2020 WMF editions have been limited to 500 pieces. The distinctiveness of this event and the extremely limited special packaging is sure to be a highly valued addition to your collection!
Germania ‑ Brave, Beautiful Defender
Germania is recognized to be the Latin term for Germany, which was very early used by the Romans to distinguish the area in north central Europe of which the Germanic peoples mostly populated.
As the Germania Mint notes: “Due to the connection with patriotic feelings, this word was present mainly in German literature and poetry. In ancient times the area inhabited by Germans east of the Rhine and north of the Danube rivers was called Germania. At that time its first personifications on coins and reliefs appeared, depicting a brave woman ‑ the guardian of the nation.”
The obverse features Germania, personified in the classic form of a brave, beautiful woman. She is portrayed standing strong, prepared to defend the realm. Her pose is truly magnificent! She is clothed in a stylish flowing full-gown, with her long hair being tossed in the wind. Germania proudly raises her head high, yet with a graceful poise as her gaze remains fixed out to her right. A laurel wreath rests upon her head, symbolic both of heroism and victory.
She holds a shield in her right arm, emblazoned with the Bicephalous Eagle, a symbol rich in ancient Germanic history. In her left hand she wields the Reichsschwert (Imperial sword), of which there is no doubt, she is ready to put to good use.
The background is filled with a distinctive guilloche pattern that really makes Germania prominently stand out. Inscriptions “GERMANIA . 2019 . 1 OZ . 9999 FINE SILVER.” are displayed within a narrow band encircling the rim. An attractive texture fills the band.
The Ancient Bicephalous Eagle
The Reverse boldly features the figure of the Bicephalous Eagle, an image of a two-headed eagle that reaches deep into ancient history. Although most historians trace the image’s origin back to the ancient Hittites, it has been adopted throughout history by mythology, heraldry, religious groups, and various countries. As noted by the Mint: “The two-headed eagle is a symbol appearing in Roman mythology associated with Janus ‑ the god of all origins, guardian of doors, gates, passages and bridges, the patron of allied agreements and arrangements. Heads facing the opposite symbolize the past and the future. The lightning bolts held in the claws of an eagle are a divine attribute, symbolizing strength and the power of creation and destruction.”
Adding further distinction to the eagle’s image, framed on either side is a nicely detailed laurel wreath. The inscriptions include “5 MARK” at the top rim, and “GERMANIA” at the bottom. It should be noted that the “5 MARK” is symbolic only, and does not denote the silver round as having any actual face value as legal tender. The entire background is filled with the same attractive texture as displayed within the obverse rim-band.
- 2019 Germania 5 Mark Silver Round BU (2020 WMF Edition).
- Contains: 1 Troy oz of .9999 fine silver BU.
- Inaugural bullion silver round release by Germania Mint.
- Extremely limited special event packaging of only 500 pieces!
- Obverse: Displays Germania, personified in the classic form of a brave, beautiful woman. She is portrayed standing strong, prepared to defend the realm.
- Reverse: Features the figure of the Bicephalous Eagle, an image of a two-headed eagle that reaches deep into ancient history.
- Individual coins are encapsulated in distinctively designed, individually numbered 2020 WMF Edition blisterpacks.
- Silver Round ‑ not legal tender.