Germania is back and alongside Britannia for the first Allegories silver bullion release

New to numismatics last year, the Germania Mint tapped into the long association between coins and national personifications with a new design rooted in the Teutonic world. The female figure has long been the go-to for national identity, right the way back to Athena for the biggest city-state in Greece, and countries today are fully in on the concept. The United Kingdom (Britannia), France (Marianne), the United States (Liberty), and many others including Switzerland, Scotland, Poland and Canada, all identify in such a way.

The debut bullion ‘coin’ last year was well liked and a fine first issue. Now the Germania Mint is taking the concept further with its first Allegories. The theme here is quite uncommon on coins – the depiction of more than one national persona. For 2019, the lucky lady standing alongside Germania is Britannia. It’s a pretty design, almost looking like Germania is reaching out to, but being rejected by, Britannia. A subtle nod to Brexit, perhaps. Whatever the back story, it works well.

We were very impressed by the obverse face on last years issue, and this one certainly doesn’t disappoint. On the contrary, it’s quite gorgeous. The shield and oak-leaves, despite being a modern construct, packs out this face perfectly and is far better than another effigy of Queen Elizabeth II. Easily one of the best we’ve ever seen on a bullion coin or round, and one of the best of its type on any coin.

There are three sizes on offer this time, all of which are bullion rounds and all have the same diameter of 38.61 mm. The 1oz format, as the industries most popular, is a given, and has a mintage of 25,000 pieces. The 2oz coin has a mintage of just 10% of that and as you’ve guessed, is effectively a double-thickness piedfort. The 5oz offering is a thick beast, and only 500 will be produced. It does look to be a beautiful item, however.

We like last years Germania debut, but we love this one. Dual persona’s on a coin is certainly a rare concept and this looks to be a series to watch. A beautiful piece, it should be available to order shortly and each one comes encapsulated. Given the ability of the mint producing these, we’d not be surprised to see some higher-end versions in the future.

MINTS DESCRIPTION

In the Western world, the first feminine personifications of nations were usually majestic manifestations of values ​​considered to characterize the communities of given countries or regions. Many of these visualizations came from the image of Athena and took the Latin names of the ancient Roman provinces, such as Germania, Polonia, Britania and Italia. But why are the names of both countries and their personifications feminine? For millennia, women have been seen as a weaker sex, that should show submission to men. Why national impersonations are women then? There is no unambiguous answer to these questions. It is assumed, however, that people have always identified their homeland with their mother – the first source of food, care and love. Probably that is why terms such as “mother Earth” or “homeland” have found a permanent place both in mass consciousness and in the commonly used language. And although in the overwhelming majority it is still mainly men who are the world leaders, people in times of trial, such as wars or disasters, symbolically turn to the “mother of the nation” for protection and favor.

Treating the country as a metaphor of home and family, nations have always identified their countries with maternal protection, which provided them with a sense of security and community. Wishing to pay a tribute to them, we created a series of coins called “The Allegories”, with which we want to celebrate the extraordinary figures of “mothers of nations”, that for centuries have encouraged people in the hardest moments of human history. Thus, for the first time in the history of numismatics, on the following coins of the “The Allegories” series, Germania “will meet” with legendary national personifications in symbolic circumstances.

REVERSE: The symbolism included in this design represents the moral principles and noble values, which are relevant till today. A wreath of oak leaves symbolizes loyalty, stability and national unity. In the past, only people who wielded enormous power – spirit, muscle or magic, could wear it.

The shield is a defensive part of the weaponry used by horse and foot formations from the Bronze Age through antiquity to the Middle Ages. It has accompanied the images of the greatest warriors as it is an attribute of gods and heroes, symbol of truth, faithfulness and trust.

The crown in heraldry is a symbol of authority and nobility or chivalry as well. The above mentioned symbols correspond directly to values represented by Germania and Britannia. Please take into consideration that following coat of arms is a figment of imagination and it does not represent any noble family or kingdom.

Because Germania is a historical land and has never been an official country, we decided to create our own interpretation of its coat of arms. The crowned shield has been divided into four parts, from which each has a traditional meaning, precisely defined by heraldry. In the top left corner of the crest there is the Germania Mint’s Bicephalous eagle – a Roman mythology symbol associated with Janus, the god of all origins, guardian of doors, gates, passages and bridges, the patron of contracts and alliances. Heads facing the opposite symbolize the past and the future.

Right upper corner is decorated with a check pattern that refers to wisdom and prudence – every good sovereign should be distinguished by these character traits. On the left bottom corner of the shield there are three flowers on a gold ribbon. They hide three values determining a strong and independent nation – unity, integrity and freedom. On the right bottom corner of the crest a wild boar appears – a very popular and respectful animal in Roman Empire, which is a symbol of mightiness and power. At least three famous Roman legions are known to have had a boar as their emblem – Legio I Italica, Legio X Fretensis and Legio XX Valeria Victrix.

OBVERSE: The first coin from the Allegories features a personifications of two historical lands: Germania and Britannia. On earlier coins Germania has preserved a laurel wreath with a shield. This time her sword rests at peace in a scabbard attached to her waist and she reaches out her hand in a sensitive gesture to Britannia. So far Lady Britannia was presented as a beautiful and thoughtful woman. On the new coin she is surrounded by her characteristic attributes – a Roman helmet with a plume, a shield and a trident, which refers to the former maritime power of her land. We can search for symbolsism of these two Amazons in the historical context as well as in the current events…

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SPECIFICATION
DENOMINATION 5 Mark 10 Mark 25 Mark
COMPOSITION 0.9999 silver 0.9999 silver 0.9999 silver
WEIGHT 31.1 grams 62.2 grams 155.5 grams
DIMENSIONS 38.61 mm 38.61 mm 38.61 mm
FINISH Bullion Bullion Bullion
MODIFICATIONS None None None
MINTAGE 25,000 2,500 500
BOX / COA No / No No / No No / No