• 5 Euro 2020, Germany, Federal Republic, Climate Zones of the Earth, Subpolar Zone
  • 5 Euro 2020, Germany, Federal Republic, Climate Zones of the Earth, Subpolar Zone
Description

The "Subpolar Zone" is the fourth 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 turquoise.

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.

Obverse

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

5 EURO
J
2020
BUNDESREPUBLIK DEUTSCHLAND

Reverse

The expanse of the subpolar landscape is excellently captured in the composition. The barrenness of a coastal tundra can be experienced vividly. The reindeer characterises the climate zone. The erosion channels of subarctic mountain ranges that are typical of the landscape are translated graphically ingeniously. In the background of the landscape, the influence of man is carefully but visibly thematised

The subarctic climate (also called subpolar climate, or boreal climate) is a climate characterised by long, usually very cold winters, and short, cool to mild summers. It is found on large landmasses, away from the moderating effects of an ocean, generally at latitudes from 50° to 70°N poleward of the humid continental climates. Subarctic or boreal climates are the source regions for the cold air that affects temperate latitudes to the south in winter.

Engraver: Natalie Tekampe

NT
SUBPOLARE ZONE

Edge

CLIMATE ZONES OF THE EARTH •

KLIMAZONEN DER ERDE •

Characteristics
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
Mints
Bavarian Central Mint (D)
Berlin State Mint (A)
Hamburg Mint (J)
Karlsruhe State Mint (G)
Stuttgart State Mint (F)

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