• 5 Deutsche Mark 1969, KM# 125, Germany, Federal Republic, 150th Anniversary of Birth of Theodor Fontane
  • 5 Deutsche Mark 1969, KM# 125, Germany, Federal Republic, 150th Anniversary of Birth of Theodor Fontane
Description

Theodor Fontane (1819–1898) was a German novelist and poet, regarded by many as the most important 19th-century German-language realist author.

At the age of 57 Fontane finally began work on his novels, for which he is remembered best. A fine historical romance, Vor dem Sturm (Before the Storm, 1878) was followed by a series exploring modern life, notably L'Adultera (Woman Taken In Adultery, 1882), which was found so risqué that it took Fontane two years to find a publisher for it.

His novels Irrungen, Wirrungen (Trials and Tribulations, 1888), Frau Jenny Treibel (1892) and Effi Briest (1894–95) yielded insights into the lives of the nobility and the commoners. His achievement in this regard was later described as poetic realism. In Der Stechlin (written 1895–97), his last completed novel, Fontane adapted the realistic methods and social criticism of contemporary French fiction to the conditions of Prussian life.

Engraver: Heinrich Körner

Obverse

Depicts stylized Federal Eagle in the centre, surrounded by the country name, facial value divides issue date. Mintmark of Karlsruhe State Mint (G) inside the 5.

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 ·
19 69
5 G
DEUTSCHE MARK

Reverse

Portrait of Theodor Fontane left surrounded by his name, dates of his births and death.

THEODOR FONTANE 1819-1898 +

Edge

The last phrase from Theodor Fontane's verse "An den Märzminister Graf Schwerin-Putzar": THE FREE - ONLY IS TREU.

DER FREIE - NUR IST TREU

5 Deutsche Mark

150th Anniversary of Birth of Theodor Fontane

KM# 125 Schön# 122 Jaeger# 399
Characteristics
Type Commemorative Issue (Circulating)
Material Silver
Fineness 0.625
Weight 11.2 g
Diameter 29 mm
Thickness 2.07 mm
Shape round
Alignment Medal
Alt # KM# 125.1, KM# 125.2
Mint
Karlsruhe State Mint (G)

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