The Royal Belgian Mint have issued a new silver coin to mark the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall which occurred unexpectedly on the night of the 9th November 1989. The fall of the wall is considered by many as the precursor to a first step towards a unified Europe – certainly to the unification of Germany which had remained divided since it was divided into segments by allied governments after the end of the Second World War. Aside from the anniversaries this year in Europe of the commencement centennial of the Great War, later referred to as world War I in 1914 as well as the 70th anniversary of the commencement of the allied invasion of Europe in July 1944, the 25th anniversary of the fall or collapse of the very symbol which divided not only a city, but theoretically a country and certainly a continent between democratic nations and communist totalitarianism is expected to be a widely celebrated event.
The coin, designed by Thomas Zettler depicts some of the most iconic images of the wall – the solid concrete panels in place which were hastily erected from 1962 by the then communist East German state in order to lock in and imprison East Berliners from leaving the Soviet sector of the city. On the western side of the wall, the many slogans of graffiti and in many languages decrying the outrage felt by western Berliners at this ugly division of their city. A very large void is seen in the wall, after both eastern and western Berliners chiseled and hammered their way and eventually through the wall, and in the eastern sector, the welcoming view of the Brandenburg Gate, which is now a national symbol of German unity. The reverse includes a map of Europe as seen on the EURO coinage as well as the coin’s denomination of 20 EURO. Around the map is the text “BELGIQUE BELGIE BELGIEN” representing all three official languages of the country.
The coin is presented in a Perspex capsule inserted in custom wooden box along with certificate. For more information on this and other coins offered by the Royal Belgian Mint, please visit their website at: http://europemint.eu/documents/home_page_1.html Information is offered in French, Dutch and English – European orders fulfilled.