Germany’s first Nobel Prize laureate, Nelly Sachs, is slated to be
honored with a €20 coin released in April, the German government
The 2016 coin was designed by artist Georg Mann in Halle an der Saale.
His design features a bird perched on the central strand of barbed
wire among five parallel strands depicted. In quotation marks above
the design is "KOMMT EINER VON FERNE," which can be
translated as “One Comes From Afar” and is the title of one of Sachs'
poems, about the fate of the refugee. Sachs’ name and the years of her
life are below the design.
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The design is symbolic of the horrors of the Holocaust. Sachs, who
was Jewish, fled Nazi Germany in 1940 with her mother on the last
flight from Germany to Sweden, a week before Sachs was scheduled to
report to a concentration camp. Mother and daughter settled in Sweden
and Sachs became a Swedish citizen in 1952.
The reverse depicts the eagle, the nation’s name (in German), the
denomination, an indication of the coins’ silver fineness and year
date of issue. In addition, the coin carries 12 stars representing the
European Union, and the F Mint mark of the Stuttgart Mint, which will
strike the coin.
Incuse edge lettering bears a passage from another of Sachs' works,
and can be translated as, “Peace, you slightest of all births.”
The coin weighs 18 grams and measures 32.5 millimeters in diameter.
A Brilliant Uncirculated version will be sold at face value through
post offices. A Proof version will be offered at a premium above the