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  • 2 Euro 2006, KM# 253, Germany, Federal Republic, German Federal States, Schleswig-Holstein
  • 2 Euro 2006, KM# 253, Germany, Federal Republic, German Federal States, Schleswig-Holstein

The Federal Republic of Germany has 16 states (German: Bundesländer). Since 2006, Germany issues every year a Bundesländer coin for a specific state that has that’s year’s presidency of the Bundesrat.

Schleswig-Holstein is the northernmost state of Germany, comprising most of the historical duchy of Holstein and the southern part of the former Duchy of Schleswig, located mostly on the base of the peninsula of Jutland between the North Sea in west and the Baltic Sea (Ostsee) in east. The state shares an international border with Denmark in north, within Germany it borders the federal states of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania in south east, and Lower Saxony and Hamburg in the south. Its capital city is Kiel; other notable cities are Lübeck and Flensburg.


Depicts the Holsten Gate. Date above, country and state names below. Mintmark (A for Berlin, D for Munich, F for Stuttgart, G for Karlsruhe, J for Hamburg) on the upper left and engraver's privy mark on the upper right.

The Holsten Gate ("Holstein Tor", later "Holstentor") is a city gate marking off the western boundary of the old center of the Hanseatic city of Lübeck. Built in 1464, the Brick Gothic construction is one of the relics of Lübeck's medieval city fortifications and one of two remaining city gates, the other being the Citadel Gate ("Burgtor"). Known for its two-round towers and arched entrance, it is regarded today as a symbol of the city.

Engraver: Heinz Hoyer



A geographical map of Western Europe spans the outer ring and inner core on the right side of the coin. The inscription 2 EURO is superimposed over the map of Europe, with the numeral “2” located in an open field representing the eastern Atlantic Ocean.

12 stars are located on the right side of the outer ring, with six stars atop the map of Europe and six stars below it; six vertical stripes cut across the inner core of the coin, visually connecting the upper and lower star segments.

Luc Luycx, a designer at the Royal Belgian Mint, designed the Euro’s common reverse; his initials, LL, are seen on the right side of the design, just under the “O” in “EURO.”



UNITY AND JUSTICE AND FREEDOM in German, Germany's national motto and the beginning of Germany's national anthem, followed by the Federal Eagle


2 Euro

KM# 253 Schön# 242 Jaeger# 519
Type Commemorative Issue (Circulating)
Material Bi-Metallic
Ring Cupronickel
Center Nickel Brass
Weight 8.5 g
Diameter 25.75 mm
Thickness 2.2 mm
Shape round
Alignment Medal
Bavarian Central Mint (D)
Berlin State Mint (A)
Hamburg Mint (J)
Karlsruhe State Mint (G)
Stuttgart State Mint (F)

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