• 5 Euro 2019, Germany, Federal Republic, Climate Zones of the Earth, Temperate Zone
  • 5 Euro 2019, Germany, Federal Republic, Climate Zones of the Earth, Temperate Zone

The "Temperate Zone" is the third issue of the 5-part series "Climate Zones of the World" with a color polymer ring, the series is due to end with the "Polar Zone". The color of the translucent polymer ring takes inspiration from the typical climate of each zone (red for a hot zone, violet for cold). Each of the five mints Germany shapes the coin with a polymer ring in a different shade of green.

In 2016, the Federal Ministry of Finance of Germany issued the five-euro Planet Earth collector coin with a blue polymer ring connecting two metallic portions. It was a startling first in coin production, the innovative process having been developed by German press manufacturer Schuler AG. The transparent ring is made of a material that can be worked like metal but is actually plastic. It contains both a color pigment and security features. The joint between the polymer plastic and metal is just as strong as between the two different metals in conventional bi-metallic coins, such as the one- and two-euro coins.


Depicts a stylized heraldic eagle - Germany’s national symbol, date below and mintmark upper. The outer metallic ring features the 12 stars of the European Union, country name and denomination.

Engraver: Stefanie Radtke



Depicts a striking portrayal of the cultural landscapes that are particularly representative of the temperate zone, illustrated by the stylised farmland and forest edge. The European hare shown in the centre of the image is a common sight in the open landscapes of the temperate zone. The change of seasons typical of this type of climate is embodied by the autumnal oak branch. The silhouette depicts the mixed deciduous forests that characterise temperate landscapes.

In geography, the temperate or tepid climates of Earth occur in the middle latitudes, which span between the tropics and the polar regions of Earth. These zones generally have wider temperature ranges throughout the year and more distinct seasonal changes compared to tropical climates, where such variations are often small. They typically feature four distinct seasons, Summer the warmest, Autumn the transitioning season to Winter, the colder season, and Spring the transitioning season from winter back into Summer.

Engraver: Peter Lasch





Type Commemorative Issue (Non-circulating)
Material Tri-Metallic
Outer ring Cupronickel
Inner ring Polymer
Center Cupronickel
Weight 9 g
Diameter 27.25 mm
Thickness 2.3 mm
Shape round
Alignment Medal
Bavarian Central Mint (D)
Berlin State Mint (A)
Hamburg Mint (J)
Karlsruhe State Mint (G)
Stuttgart State Mint (F)

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