Germany Euro Design


German euro coins have three separate designs for the three series of coins. The 1, 2 and 5 cent coins were designed by Rolf Lederbogen, the design for the 10, 20 and 50 cent coins is by the hand of Reinhard Heinsdorff and the 1 and 2 euro coins were done by Heinz Hoyer and Sneschana Russewa-Hoyer. Featured in all designs are the 12 stars of the EU and the year of imprint.

In addition to the year, the German coins also feature a small letter as a mint mark indicating the particular mint that minted the coin.

  • A: Berlin
  • D: Munich
  • F: Stuttgart
  • G: Karlsruhe
  • J: Hamburg

The letters were assigned to the mints as they opened. The mints in Hannover/Vienna (B), Frankfurt am Main (C), Dresden/Muldenhütte (E), and Darmstadt (H) have since been closed; the last, Muldenhütte, in 1953

German euro coinage - Obverse side

€ 0.01 € 0.02 € 0.05
Oak twig on back of German 1 cent coin
Oak twig on back of German 2 cent coin
Oak twig on back of German 5 cent coin
German oak twig which was also featured on the former pfennig.
€ 0.10 € 0.20 € 0.50
Brandenburg Gate on back of German 10 cent coin
Brandenburg Gate on back of German 20 cent coin
Brandenburg Gate on back of German 50 cent coin
The Brandenburg Gate as a symbol of division and unity.
€ 1.00 € 2.00 € 2 Coin Edge
German Eagle on back of German 1 euro coin
German Eagle on back of German 2 euro coin
The edge lettering features the words "EINIGKEIT UND RECHT UND FREIHEIT" (Unity and Justice and Freedom), Germany's national motto and the beginning of Germany's national anthem.
Interpretation of the German eagle, symbol of German sovereignty.

Planned designs in the Bundesländer Series

Year State Design
2006 Schleswig-Holstein Holstein Gate, Lübeck
2007 Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania Schwerin Castle, Schwerin
2008 Hamburg St. Michaelis' Church, Hamburg
2009 Saarland Ludwig Church in Saarbrücken
2010 Bremen City Hall and Roland, Bremen
2011 North Rhine-Westphalia Cologne Cathedral, Cologne
2012 Bavaria Neuschwanstein Castle, Hohenschwangau and Füssen
2013 Baden-Württemberg Maulbronn Abbey, Maulbronn
2014 Lower Saxony City Hall, Hanover
2015 Hesse City Hall, Frankfurt am Main
2016 Saxony Zwinger Palace, Dresden
2017 Rhineland-Palatinate Porta Nigra Gate, Trier
2018 Berlin Reichstag, Berlin
2019 Saxony-Anhalt Cathedral of Magdeburg, Magdeburg
2020 Thuringia Wartburg Castle, Eisenach
2021 Brandenburg Sanssouci Palace, Potsdam

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