Description

The "Subtropical Zone" is the second issue of the 5-part series "Climate Zones of the World" with a color polymer ring, the series is due to end with the "Polar Zone". The color of the translucent polymer ring takes inspiration from the typical climate of each zone (red for a hot zone, violet for cold). Each of the five mints Germany shapes the coin with a polymer ring in a different shade of orange.

In 2016, the Federal Ministry of Finance of Germany issued the five-euro Planet Earth collector coin with a blue polymer ring connecting two metallic portions. It was a startling first in coin production, the innovative process having been developed by German press manufacturer Schuler AG. The transparent ring is made of a material that can be worked like metal but is actually plastic. It contains both a color pigment and security features. The joint between the polymer plastic and metal is just as strong as between the two different metals in conventional bi-metallic coins, such as the one- and two-euro coins.

Obverse

Depicts a stylized heraldic eagle - Germany’s national symbol, date below and mintmark upper. The outer metallic ring features the 12 stars of the European Union, country name and denomination.

Engraver: Stefanie Radtke

5 EURO
G
2018
BUNDESREPUBLIK DEUTSCHLAND

Reverse

The reverse side tries to show a winter image of the humid subtropical zones with the Mediterranean climate, representing the typical flora and fauna of this climatic zone, as the domestic goats on bushes, an umbrella tree of those that prevail in the area and the sea. To the bottom represented by a straight line over the horizon.

Engraver: Patrick Niesel

SUBTROPISCHE ZONE

Edge

CLIMATE ZONES OF THE EARTH •

KLIMAZONEN DER ERDE •

Characteristics
Type Commemorative Issue (Non-circulating)
Material Tri-Metallic
Outer ring Cupronickel
Inner ring Polymer
Center Cupronickel
Weight 9 g
Diameter 27.25 mm
Thickness 2.3 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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