Germany 2-DEUTSCHE MARK (KM149) Bundesadler (Eagle)
Originally named Reichsadler ("Imperial Eagle" or "National Eagle"), this heraldic eagle dates back to the Roman eagle standard used by Holy Roman Emperors. The name was changed to Bundesadler ("Federal Eagle") in 1945 with the formation of the Federal Republic of Germany.
The original 2 Deutsche Mark coin of 1951 (KM111) featured the more realistic eagle design, but it was changed to a more stylistic version starting in 1957 (KM116) with a series of coins featuring prominent Germans on the reverse.
This coin features Kurt Schumacher, an important German politician considered to be one of the founding fathers of post-war German democracy. The dates 1949-1979 refer to 30 years of the Federal Republic, which makes sense on a coin minted in 1979, but then they kept making it right through to 1993.
- Diameter: 26.6 mm
- Composition: Copper-Nickel
- CAT#: KM149