• 10 Deutsche Mark 1989, KM# 173, Germany, Federal Republic, Anniversary of the Federal Republic of Germany, 40th Anniversary of the West Germany
  • 10 Deutsche Mark 1989, KM# 173, Germany, Federal Republic, Anniversary of the Federal Republic of Germany, 40th Anniversary of the West Germany
Description

West Germany is the common English name for the Federal Republic of Germany in the period between its creation on 23 May 1949 to German reunification on 3 October 1990. During this Cold War era, NATO-aligned West Germany and Warsaw Pact-aligned East Germany were divided by the Inner German border. After 1961 West Berlin was physically separated from East Berlin as well as from East Germany by the Berlin Wall. This situation ended when East Germany was dissolved and its five states joined the ten states of the Federal Republic of Germany along with the reunified city-state of Berlin. With the reunification of West and East Germany, the Federal Republic of Germany, enlarged now to sixteen states, became known simply as "Germany".

Engraver: Reinhart Heinsdorff

Obverse

Depicts a linear (strings) 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.

•BUNDESREPUBLIK DEUTSCHLAND•
G 19 89
10 DEUTSCHE MARK

Reverse

Coat of arms of the 11 states of Germany included in the German Federal Republic. The coat of arms is gathered together with strings shaped like the number 40, symbolizing the 40th anniversary of the Federal Republic of Germany.

In clockwise order:
• Lower Saxony - horse
• North Rhine-Westphalia - river, horse and rose
• Rhineland-Palatinate - cross, wheel and lion
• Bremen - key
• Schleswig-Holstein - 2 lions and nettle leaf
• Baden-Württemberg - 3 lions
• Bavaria - diamonds
• Bearlin - bear
• Saarland - 2 lions, cross and 3 eagles on a ribbon
• Hamburg - castle
• Hesse - lion

· BUNDESREPUBLIK DEUTSCHLAND · 1949 · 1989

Edge

Inscription "40 years of peace and freedom"

☆ 40 JAHRE FRIEDEN UND FREIHEIT

10 Deutsche Mark

KM# 173 Jaeger# 446 Schön# 170
Characteristics
Type Commemorative Issue (Non-circulating)
Material Silver
Fineness 0.625
Weight 15.5 g
Diameter 32.5 mm
Thickness 2.25 mm
Shape round
Alignment Medal
Mint
Karlsruhe State Mint (G)

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