Upper Middle Rhine Valley is Germany's selection as the theme of its
2015 gold €100 coin in the annual UNESCO World Heritage series.
announcment was made June 4 by the Bundesministerium der Finanzen (the
German Federal Ministry of Finance). The coin will be issued in
October 2015, according to the announcement.
.9999 fine gold coin will be the 12th in the series honoring UNESCO
World Heritage sites in Germany. Other subjects in the program, which
began in 2003, include the Hanseatic City of Lübeck (2007) and the
Aachen Cathedral (2012).
Middle Rhine Valley was added to the UNESCO list in June 2002
for its “cultural landscape of great diversity and beauty,” according
to a translation of the announcement from Germany's Federal Ministry
chosen coin design is by artist Friedrich Brenner. It shows a
bird’s-eye view of the site, which is found between the towns and
cities of Bingen, Rüdesheim and Koblenz. The Rhine River cuts through
the scene, which appears as a topographical landscape.
is “a very impressive approach,” according to the jury that selected
reverse shows the federal eagle, face value, 2015 and a Mint mark; the
Proof gold €100 coin is struck by all five German mints in equal
proportion. An A Mint mark represents the Berlin facility, while D
indicates Munich's. Stuttgart-struck coins bear an F, and coins of
Karlsruhe have a G. The J Mint mark, as on the coin image shown,
indicates a coin struck in Hamburg.
coins in this program weigh 15.5 grams and measure 28 millimeters in
diameter. The edge is milled.