• 5 Mark 1989, KM# 129, Germany, Democratic Republic (DDR), 500th Anniversary of Birth of Thomas Müntzer, Katharinenkirche in Zwickau
  • 5 Mark 1989, KM# 129, Germany, Democratic Republic (DDR), 500th Anniversary of Birth of Thomas Müntzer, Katharinenkirche in Zwickau
Description

Thomas Müntzer (1489–1525) was a German preacher and radical theologian of the early Reformation whose opposition to both Luther and the Roman Catholic Church led to his open defiance of late-feudal authority in central Germany. Müntzer was foremost amongst those reformers who took issue with Luther’s compromises with feudal authority. He became a leader of the German peasant and plebeian uprising of 1525 commonly known as the German Peasants' War. He was captured after the battle of Frankenhausen, and was tortured and executed.

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
1989 5 MARK

Reverse

Depicts St. Catharine's church in Zwickau.

The late Gothic church of St. Catharine (German: Katharinenkirche) has an altar piece ascribed to Lucas Cranach the elder, and is remembered because Thomas Müntzer was once pastor there (1520–22). The town hall was begun in 1404 and rebuilt many times since.

KATHA-
RINEN-
KIRCHE
ZWICKAU

Edge

THOMAS MÜNTZER 1489 - 1525

Characteristics
Type Commemorative Issue (Circulating)
Material Copper Nickel Zinc
Weight 9.6 g
Diameter 29 mm
Thickness 2.07 mm
Shape round
Alignment -
Mint
Berlin State Mint (A)

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