The Verkaufsstelle für Sammlermünzen der Bundesrepublik Deutschland – Official Sales Agency for Collector’s Coins of the Federal Republic of Germany (VfS) on behalf of the Federal German Government have issued a new commemorative coin which marks the 250th year of birth of the sculptor Johann Gottfried Schadow (1764 – 1850).
Born in Berlin to a poor tailor, Schadow’s first teacher was the sculptor Jean Pierre Antoine Tassaert (1727 – 1788) a sculptor of Flemish extraction who was patronized by Frederick the Great of Prussia. Three years’ study in Rome formed his classical style, and in 1788 he returned to Berlin to succeed Tassaert as sculptor to the court and secretary to the Royal Academy. Over half a century he produced upwards of two hundred works, varied in style as in subjects.
One of Schadow’s more noteworthy works which was completed in 1793 is the world-famous Quadriga of Victory or, Berlin Quadriga located atop the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin. It was thought to have been created as a symbol of peace as it included an olive wreath carried by Victory. Seized by Napoleon during his occupation of Berlin in 1806, it was taken to Paris but returned to Berlin in 1814. Her olive wreath was subsequently substituted with an Iron Cross. The statue suffered severe damage during the Second World War. The association of the Iron Cross with Prussian militarism convinced the Communist government of East Germany to remove this aspect of the statue after the war. However, the iron cross was restored after German reunification in 1990.
The coin, designed by the artist Bodo Broschat includes a front-facing image of Schadow along with representations of some of his well-known works below and to the left of Schadow’s portrait. Above and to the right of the portrait is the text “JOHANN GOTTFRIED SCHADOW” along the rim with the years “1764 – 1850” under the primary centered design. The reverse includes a stylized depiction of an eagle, the national symbol of the Federal Republic of Germany along with the text “BUNDESREPUBLIK DEUTSCHLAND 2014” along with the denomination of the coin, 10 EURO. Twelve stars representing the European Union are positioned above the eagle and along the upper rim.
|€10||Copper-nickel||16 grams||32.5 mm.||BU||n/a|
|€10||.625 silver||16 grams||32.5 mm||Proof||195,000|
The coin is struck at the Berlin Mint and represented with the mintmark letter “A” seen below the eagle’s left talon. Cupro-nickel examples of this coin struck to BU quality are available at post offices & commercial banks for their face value.
For more information on this and other coins offered by the VfS, please visit their website at: https://www.deutsche-sammlermuenzen.de/Shop/10-Euro-Sammlermuenzen/2014/10-Euro-Sammlermuenzen-2014/ Information offered in German, international orders dispatched.