• 5 Mark 1988, KM# 122, Germany, Democratic Republic (DDR), 50th Anniversary of Death of Ernst Barlach
  • 5 Mark 1988, KM# 122, Germany, Democratic Republic (DDR), 50th Anniversary of Death of Ernst Barlach
Description

Ernst Barlach (1870– 1938) was a German expressionist sculptor, printmaker and writer. Although he was a supporter of the war in the years leading to World War I, his participation in the war made him change his position, and he is mostly known for his sculptures protesting against the war. This created many conflicts during the rise of the Nazi Party, when most of his works were confiscated as degenerate art.

Obverse

Depicts a national emblem of the German Democratic Republic (DDR), surrounded by the country name (above), denomination and date (below). Mintmark of the Berlin State Mint (A) is between country name and the emblem.

The national emblem of the German Democratic Republic featured a hammer and a compass (drawing tool), surrounded by a ring of rye. The hammer represented the workers in the factories. The compass represented the intelligentsia, and the ring of rye the farmers.

DEUTSCHE DEMOKRATISCHE REPUBLIK
A
· 1988 5 MARK ·

Reverse

Depicts a bronze sculpture of Ernst Barlach "The Flute Player" (1936).

This little boy is playing his flute and forgetting the outside world. His eyes shut, leaning back and relaxing on a rock. This sculpture invites the observer to stand still and listen to the wonderful melodies the little boy might be playing. The figure is accompanied by a helmet as well as a blanket and boots.

Engraver: Heinz Hoyer

ERNST BARLACH
1870-1938

Edge

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5 Mark

50th Anniversary of Death of Ernst Barlach

KM# 122
Characteristics
Type Commemorative Issue (Circulating)
Material Copper Nickel Zinc
Weight 12.2 g
Diameter 29 mm
Thickness 2.07 mm
Shape round
Alignment Medal
Mint
Berlin State Mint (A)

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