The Verkaufsstelle für Sammlermünzen der Bundesrepublik Deutschland (Official Sales Agency for Collector’s Coins of the Federal Republic of Germany) have issued (13th September) two versions of a collector coin to mark the 100th anniversary of the National Library.
Founded in 1912 as the Deutsche Bücherei, the national library was originally located in the city of Leipzig, Kingdom of Saxony. The property on which the library was built had been donated by the city of Leipzig, while King Friedrich August III (reigned 1904 – 1913) provided the funds for the building’s construction. The new Library’s primary function was to collect and archive all publications in the German language, including those books and publications from Austria and Switzerland. In 1946 the then-director of the Frankfurt University Library, initiated the re-foundation of a German archive library which would be based in Frankfurt am Main. The Deutsches Musikarchiv, founded in Berlin – has been part of the German National Library since 1970 and is now based in Leipzig since December 2010. With the reunification of Germany in 1990, these facilities amalgamated into a single institution. The legal framework of the library was expanded and in 2006, the institution was given its new name, that of the Deutsche Nationalbibliothek or, the German National Library.
The German National Library Coin, with a face value of €10 is struck both in proof (silver) and in FDC (cupro-nickel) with the design being the same for both issues. Designed by artist Victor Huster from Baden-Baden, the primary motif shows a stylized face which is representative of the reader in the library. Comprising the outline of the design are elements of the collection of objects which make up the library’s primary inclusions such as symbols of books and letters, a binary character for the digital world, and a musical Clef representative of music and sound recordings. The vertical text positioned to the left of the primary design reads “DEUTSCHE NATIONALBIBLIOTHEK” and “’100 JAHRE” seen just to the lower left.
The reverse side depicts a corresponding style of the obverse design and includes a representation of an Eagle, symbol of the German Federal Republic along with the denomination, the text “BUNDESREPUBLIK DEUTSCHLAND” positioned both horizontally and vertically. The year of issue “2012” is seen just under the eagle. The silver version denotes the coins content of “SILBER .625” towards the left-side edge. An edge inscription reads “BÜCHER SIND DER EINGANG ZUR WELT” (BOOKS ARE THE ENTRANCE TO THE WORLD).
The silver version weighs 16 grams and has a diameter of 32.5 mm. The coin will be produced at the Bavarian State Mint and will have a “D” mintmark. No information is yet available regarding the mintage figures. The cupro-nickel version is available in commercial banks and post offices for their face value.
For more information on this and other coins offered by the Official Sales agency, please visit their website at: https://www.deutsche-sammlermuenzen.de/
English language collectors are offered ordering and registration at the following webpage: https://www.deutsche-sammlermuenzen.de/index.php?force_sid=2p6ffpaausem9h0qf84vjp5rr5&cl=pppopup&ident=englishpopup International orders fulfilled.