The Verkaufsstelle für Sammlermünzen der Bundesrepublik Deutschland (VfS) will issue (14th June) their latest commemorative 10 Euro coin which marks the 200th year of the first publication of the Brothers Grimm, who together collected and published some of the most well-known children’s tales whose origins stem from European and German folklore.
Jacob (1785 – 1863) and Wilhelm (1786 – 1859) were born in the German town of Hanau of Hesse, Germany, very near Frankfurt. Both brothers attended the University of Marburg, encouraging their interest in philology and Germanic studies, a field in which they are now considered pioneers. At the same time they developed an appreciation for folklore, which grew into a life-long dedication to collecting German folk tales.
Some of their most recognized stories of “Cinderella”, “Der Froschkönig” (The Frog Prince), “Hänsel und Gretel”, “Rapunzel”, “Rumpelstilzchen”, (Rumpelstiltskin) and “Schneewittchen” (Snow White) have become modern-day classics when they were immortalized in techno-color animation by the Disney studios. Their first collection of folk tales, “Kinder und Hausmärchen” (Children’s and Household Tales) was first published in 1812.
The coin, designed by artist Prof. Christian Hoepfner of Berlin depicts conjoined portraits of both brothers facing to the left with the text “200 JAHRE” above the portraits with “GRIMMS MÄRCHEN” below. The reverse of the coin includes a stylized eagle in the center with the text “BUNDESREPUBLIK DEUTSCHLAND 2012” around the upper portion and the face value of “10 EURO” under the primary design.
Struck at the Stuttgart facility (“F” mintmark) in both cupro-nickel and in .625 fine silver, the silver example is minted in proof quality with a weight of 16 grams and a diameter of 32.5 mm. A total mintage of 250,000 pieces is authorized. The cupro-nickel version is struck in FDC quality and is available in commercial banks and post offices for their face value.
For more information on this and other coins offered by the Sammlermunzen der Bundesrepublik, please visit their website at: https://www.deutsche-sammlermuenzen.de/ The information is in German only.