The German Mint struck German Gold Euro in 2002, which was specific for each of the five states in Germany. EU member countries issue the Gold Euro to commemorate certain occasions, places of interest or national motifs. German Gold Euro coins have a high gold fineness of 99.99% and are limited in supply, this coupled with the annual changing design makes them a great attraction for investors and collectors.
The German Gold Euro exists in denominations of 20, 100, and 200 Euros with each denomination distinct from the other. The 20 Gold Euro coins are addressed to collectors as their premiums are well above the average price of the gold content due to their scarce availability. On the other hand, 100 Euro and 200 Euro can be used by both investors and collectors as their premiums are quite low than the 20 Euro. The 20 Euro spans 17.5mm wide with a thickness of 1.15mm and weighs 3.89g. The 100 Euro and 200 Euro weigh 15.5517g and 31.103g with a width of 28.0mm and 32.50mm besides having a span of 1.65mm and 2.45mm thickness respectively. The face value is often lower than the actual value and the price of this precious metal is determined by the gold spot.
The obverse of German Gold Euro depicts the Euro sign at its center. On left and right side of the Euro sign the inscription “INTRODUCTION OF THE EURO” and “TRANSITION TO MONETARY UNION” appears although this may vary depending on the motif or occasion. The reverse side features a federal eagle surrounded by 12 stars, which represent the initial 12 states in Germany before they were reduced to five. Just beneath the eagle depiction, the year of issue appears. The inscription “BUNDES REPUBLIK DEUTSCHLAND” forms an arc on the reverse side that is translated to mean Federal Republic of Germany and the value of the coin is also indicated at the bottom center.
The German Mints were established at a different point in Germany history and the oldest of them is the Hamburg Mint, which dates back to 834CE followed by Bavarian Central Mint.