• 2 Euro 2009, KM# 276, Germany, Federal Republic, German Federal States, Saarland
  • 2 Euro 2009, KM# 276, Germany, Federal Republic, German Federal States, Saarland
Description

The commemorative coin series "Die 16 Bundesländer der Bundesrepublik Deutschland" (The 16 States of the Federal Republic of Germany). The year in which the coin for a specific state is issued coincides with that state's Presidency of the Bundesrat.

The Saarland is one of the sixteen federal states (or Bundesländer) of Germany. With its capital at Saarbrücken. Saarland, named after the Saar River, is in both area and population, the smallest of the German area states (Flächenländer), not counted the federal city states. It is surrounded by Rhineland-Palatinate in north and east and borders France in the south and west and Luxembourg in west.

Prior to its creation as the Territory of the Saar Basin by the League of Nations after World War I, the Saarland (or simply "the Saar", as it is frequently referred to) did not exist as a unified entity. Until then, some parts of it had been Prussian while others belonged to Bavaria. The inhabitants voted to rejoin Germany in a referendum held in 1935.

Obverse

Ludwigskirche in Old Saarbrücken, Germany, is a Lutheran baroque-style church. It is the symbol of the city and is considered to be one of the most important Protestant churches in Germany, along with the Dresden Frauenkirche and the St. Michael's Church, Hamburg.
Engraver: Friedrich Brenner (FB).

2009
FB
SAARLAND
J
BUNDESREPUBLIK DEUTSCHLAND

Reverse

A map, next to the facial value, shows the gathering of the fifteen states of the European Union
Engraver: Luc Luycx (LL).

2 EURO
LL

Edge

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

EINIGKEIT UND RECHT UND FREIHEIT

2 Euro

KM# 276 Jaeger# 541 Schön# 270
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Characteristics
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
Mints
Bavarian Central Mint (D)
Berlin State Mint (A)
Hamburg Mint (J)
Karlsruhe State Mint (G)
Stuttgart State Mint (F)

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