The The Verkaufsstelle für Sammlermünzen der Bundesrepublik Deutschland (Sales Agency for Collector Coins of the Federal Republic of Germany) have released for sale (15th September) a collector coin marking the 100th anniversary of the opening of the Hamburg Elbe Tunnel. Completed in 1911, it is both a pedestrian and vehicle tunnel. The 426 metre (1,398 feet) long tunnel was considered a technical innovation of its day. With a depth of 24 metres (80 feet) below the surface, its two 6 metre (20 feet) diameter tubes connect central Hamburg with the docks and shipyards on the south side of the river Elbe.
Designed by artist Otto Herwig from Rodenbach, the obverse of coin illustrates the main shaft structure with a tunnel connecting both tubes and running over waterways. The arrangement of the individual components illustrating the elevator and stairwells are true to detail. Included in the design is the text “100 JAHRE” positioned towards the upper left portion of the design with “HAMBURGER ELBTUNNEL” seen just above the arches of the two channels.
The reverse includes the design of a contemporary stylized eagle, with a similar overall look as the obverse. The text “BUNDESREPUBLIK DEUTSCHELAND” appears just below the eagle motif. The twelve European stars, (representing the EU) the mint mark “J” and the value of “10 EURO” appear under the eagle and primary text. The smooth edge of the coin contains incused text reading “VERBINDUNG VON STADT UND HAFEN” (combination of town and harbour).
The coin is to be struck in both .625 fine silver (proof quality) and cupro-nickel (UNC) with a weight of 16 grams and a diameter of 32.5 mm. The Uncirculated version will be available from the 1st December. No mintage figures for either version is currently available.
For more information on this and other coins available from the German Federal Mint’s Sales office, please visit their website at: http://www.deutsche-sammlermuenzen.de/bmf/index.jhtml?navAction=jump The information appearing on their website is currently only in German.