2019 25 Mark - The Allegories: Columbia & Germania (5oz) - Germania Mint
- Country: Germany
- Years: 2019
- Mint: Germania Mint
- Denomination: 25 Mark
- Composition: .9999 Silver
- Diameter: 38.61mm
- Weight: 155.5g
- Edge: Reeded
- Mintage: 500
- Obverse: Germania coat of arms surrounded by branches of oak leaves
- Reverse: Likeness of standing Columbia on the left, holding a furled flag in her right hand while holding hands with Britannia who is holding a fluttering flag in her left hand
Germania Mint presents a modern interpretation of both poetic personifications of America and the ancient Germanic land. In the second chapter of The Allegories, the feminine symbols of the United States and Germania walk together towards the future, symbolizing the common European past and tradition.
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 Columbia. 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, it was decided to create an interpretation og 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.
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