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This coin celebrates the 100th anniversary of the Prussian mobilization against Napoleon.
17 March 1813 – the day Alexander I of Russia arrived in the Hoflager of Frederick William III of Prussia – Prussia declared war on France. Members of the Sixth Coalition fought a series of battles in Germany against the French Emperor Napoleon and his Marshals.
With the help of the Prussian army, Napoleon and the French army were defeated at the Battle of Leipzig in October of 1813. Ironically, within a year of the time the coins were struck, Prussia, now part of Germany, would again be at war with France. This time however, the French, not the German forces that would be victorious. With Germany's disastrous loss in the war, William or Wilhelm II was forced to abdicate and lived his remaining days in seclusion in the Netherlands. These were the last commemorative coins issued by Prussia.
Obverse shows King Frederick William III on horseback being hailed by soldiers, civilians, and children. The legend at the top "König Rief Und Alle Alle Kamen" (The King Called and All Came) and the date "17.3.1813" refers to his call to arms against Napoleon.
DER KÖNIG RIEF UND ALLE ALLE KAMEN ·
The reverseof this coin depicts the eagle defeating a snake with the inscription DEUTSCHES REICH (German Empire) above, date to the right and the denominational value ZWEI MARK below.
DEUTSCHES REICH 1913