• 10 Deutsche Mark 1972, KM# 133, Germany, Federal Republic, Munich 1972 Summer Olympics, Olympiastadion in Munich
  • 10 Deutsche Mark 1972, KM# 133, Germany, Federal Republic, Munich 1972 Summer Olympics, Olympiastadion in Munich
Description

The 1972 Summer Olympics, officially known as the Games of the XX Olympiad, was an international multi-sport event held in Munich, West Germany, from August 26 to September 11, 1972.

The sporting nature of the event was largely overshadowed by the Munich massacre in the second week, in which eleven Israeli athletes and coaches and a West German police officer at Olympic village were killed by Black September Palestinian terrorists.

Engraver: Doris Waschk-Balz

Obverse

Depicts Federal Eagle, the country name, facial value and mint mark.

The coat of arms of Germany displays a black eagle with red feet, beak and tongue on a golden field. This is the Bundesadler or "Federal Eagle", formerly the Reichsadler or "Imperial Eagle". It is a re-introduction of the coat of arms of the Weimar Republic (in use 1919–1935) adopted by the Federal Republic of Germany in 1950. The current official design is due to Tobias Schwab (1887–1967) and was introduced in 1928.

BUNDES
REPUBLIK
DEUTSCHLAND
10 DEUTSCHE
MARK
F

Reverse

Depicts Olympiastadion, as seen from above. The event and issuing date.

Olympiastadion is a stadium located in Munich, Germany. Situated at the heart of the Olympiapark München in northern Munich, the stadium was built as the main venue for the 1972 Summer Olympics.

Designed by the German architect Günther Behnisch and the engineer Frei Otto, with the assistance of John Argyris, the lightweight tent construction of the Olympiastadion was considered revolutionary for its time. This included large sweeping canopies of acrylic glass stabilized by steel cables that were used for the first time on a large scale. The idea was to imitate the Alps and to set a counterpart to the 1936 Summer Olympics in Berlin, held during the Nazi regime. The sweeping and transparent canopy was to symbolize the new, democratic and optimistic Germany.

OLYMPISCHE
SPIELE
MÜNCHEN
26.8.-10.9.
1972

Edge

The Olympic motto is the hendiatris Citius, Altius, Fortius, which is Latin for "Faster, Higher, Stronger". It was proposed by Pierre de Coubertin upon the creation of the International Olympic Committee in 1894. The motto was introduced in 1924 at the Olympic Games in Paris.

CITIUS ALTIUS FORTIUS

10 Deutsche Mark

KM# 133 Jaeger# 404 Schön# 133
Characteristics
Type Commemorative Issue (Circulating)
Material Silver
Fineness 0.625
Weight 15.5 g
Diameter 32.5 mm
Thickness 2.25 mm
Shape round
Alignment Medal
Mints
Bavarian Central Mint (D)
Hamburg Mint (J)
Karlsruhe State Mint (G)
Stuttgart State Mint (F)

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