• 5 Deutsche Mark 1985, KM# 162, Germany, Federal Republic, European Year of Music
  • 5 Deutsche Mark 1985, KM# 162, Germany, Federal Republic, European Year of Music
Description

Beginning in 1983, the European Parliament and the Council of the European Union have chosen an annual theme of action each year, based on a European Commission proposal. European Years are an awareness campaign to educate European citizens and attract the attention of national governments of Member States to a particular issue, in order to change attitudes and behaviours at both the national and European level.

Engraver: Herwig Otto

Obverse

Depicts stylized Federal Eagle in a circle at left, denomination and Stuttgart State Mint (F) mark at right, date and country name above.

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.

1985
BUNDESREPUBLIK
DEUTSCHLAND
5
DEUTSCHE
MARK
F

Reverse

Depicts the emblem of Celestino Piatti (circle at left holds stars and outline of a face in harp) and two musical notes on the right side.

Celestino Piatti (1922-2007) was a Swiss graphic artist, painter and book designer. He was a popular illustrator of children's books and achieved international success as a designer for Deutscher Taschenbuch Verlag (DTV).

1985
EUROPÄISCHES
JAHR DER MUSIK

Edge

An inscription of 4 names of German composers

SCHÜTZ • BACH • HÄNDEL • SCARLATTI • BERG

Characteristics
Type Commemorative Issue (Circulating)
Material Cupronickel
Weight 10 g
Diameter 29 mm
Thickness 2.07 mm
Shape round
Alignment Medal
Mint
Stuttgart State Mint (F)

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