2019 1oz Silver Allegories Britannia & Germania (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 WMF 2020 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!
The Allegories of Germania Mint introduce a very intriguing collection of the legendary female personifications of prominent historical lands and nations. In each example Germania meets with her counterpart representing another nation in “symbolic circumstances.” Lady Germania was unveiled to us by her stunning image being displayed on the earlier release of Germania Mint’s 2019 Germania 5 Mark 1 oz Silver Round. This remarkably beautiful design featured Germania personified in the classic form of a brave, beautiful woman. She is portrayed standing strong, prepared to defend the realm, as guardian.
Brave, Powerful Feminine Touch
Allegories raise the question as to why many ancient lands and nations, (particularly in the West), have both feminine names and female personifications as their legendary guardians. Perhaps, this could be explained in the allegorical sense of identifying the “homeland” with the actual home and family in which they were raised under maternal care and protection.
As the mint stated it, “Treating the country as a metaphor of home and family, nations have always identified their countries with maternal protection, which provided them with a sense of security and community. Wishing to pay a tribute to them, we created a series of coins called ‘The Allegories’, with which we want to celebrate the extraordinary figures of ‘mothers of nations’, that for centuries have encouraged people in the hardest moments of human history.”
It is out of this sense that the Allegories of Germania Mint were born. This series promises to be quite fascinating. And this inaugural 2019 1 oz Silver Allegories Britannia & Germania BU is a beautifully striking example!
Britannia and Germania
The obverse portrays a wonderfully stunning representation of two powerful guardians. Although Britannia and Germania are never separated from their weapons, they have chosen to relax their vigilance as they meet together on common ground. Their shields are lowered, while Britannia’s trident rests loosely in her right arm, and Germania has secured her sword in the scabbard at her waist. This day, Germania reaches out to Britannia in peace. Britannia appears thoughtful, with the strength of her maritime rule over the seas represented by the trident at her side. Two powerful, historical lands represented by two beautifully strong and fully-capable female guardians. The Allegory is rich with symbolism.
The background is filled with a distinctive guilloche pattern that really makes Britannia and Germania prominently stand out. Inscriptions “ALLEGORIES . 1 OZ . 999.9 FINE SILVER.” are displayed within a narrow band encircling the rim. An attractive texture fills the band.
Interpretive Germania Coat of Arms
The reverse displays Germania Mint’s interpretation of what would best represent the moral principles and noble values of the historical land of Germania. Germania, as such, never became a country with its own coat of arms. The design is both highly representative of these values, and absolutely gorgeous!
Quoting from the Mint’s own descriptive text, “The crowned shield has been divided into four parts, from which each has a traditional meaning, precisely defined by heraldry. In the top left corner of the crest there is the Germania Mint’s Bicephalous eagle ‑ a Roman mythology symbol associated with Janus, the god of all origins, guardian of doors, gates, passages and bridges, the patron of contracts and alliances. Heads facing the opposite symbolize the past and the future.
Right upper corner is decorated with a check pattern that refers to wisdom and prudence ‑ every good sovereign should be distinguished by these character traits. On the left bottom corner of the shield there are three flowers on a gold ribbon. They hide three values determining a strong and independent nation ‑ unity, integrity and freedom. On the right bottom corner of the crest a wild boar appears ‑ a very popular and respectful animal in Roman Empire, which is a symbol of mightiness and power.”
A fine beaded-border tightly encircles the rim, and the background has a very nicely-textured pattern. Inscriptions include “GERMANIA . 2019 . 5 MARK.”
- 2019 1oz Silver Allegories Britannia & Germania (2020 WMF Edition).
- Contains: 1 Troy oz of 999.9 fine silver.
- Inaugural release of an intriguing new series, “The Allegories” 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 meets with Britannia, who personifies Britain, who ruled the seas. They meet in peace.
- Reverse: Features an exclusive design prepared by Germania Mint to represent the moral principles and noble values that encompassed the historical land of Germania. This will be common to the series.
- Individual coins are encapsulated in distinctively designed, individually numbered 2020 WMF Edition blisterpacks.
- Denomination: 5 Germania Mark.
- Silver Round ‑ not legal tender.
Germania Mint made quite an introduction of their design and production excellence with their remarkable first release of the gorgeous 2019 Germania 5 Mark 1 oz Silver Round BU. The reaction of the global precious metals community was a resounding, “YES!” The beauty and distinctiveness of that silver round’s design was an overwhelming success, followed by the Proof edition that immediately sold-out!