2015, Germany will celebrate the 25th anniversary of German
unification with a circulating commemorative €2 coin.
announcment was made June 4 by the Bundesministerium der Finanzen (the
German Federal Ministry of Finance). The coin will be issued in
January, according to the finance ministry. Since 2006, Germany has
launched the €2 coin immediately before or at the World Money Fair in
Berlin. The World Money Fair generally occurs in late January or early February.
reunified Oct. 3, 1990.
obverse, or national, side of the coin was designed by Bernd Wendhut
and shows people standing in the foreground at the Brandenburg Gate,
the symbol of German unity. The scene embodies a new beginning and
common, reverse, side of the coin carries the standard design, of the
face value and a map of the eurozone.
edge includes the inscription translating to “Unity and law and
freedom,” as well as a stylized federal eagle in incuse embossing,
unchanged from earlier €2 coins.
mintage limit is expected to be 30 million pieces, and the coin will
be legal tender throughout the eurozone, which currently consists of
eurozone member is allowed to issue as many as two circulating
commemorative €2 coins annually, but not every nation issues the full
amount, or any at all. Joint programs, like the most recent one in
2012 marking the 10th anniversary of the euro in circulation, do not
count toward that cap.
€2 coin is a ringed-bimetallic piece, with a copper-nickel ring
surrounding a nickel-brass core. The coin weighs 8.5 grams and
measures 25.75 millimeters in diameter.