On the occasion of the double anniversary – the 200th anniversary of the Constitution of the Kingdom of Bavaria and the 100th anniversary of the Free State of Bavaria – the Bavarian Central Mint has issued a commemorative medal using polymer technology.
The medal consists of a fine silver ring, a gold-plated fine silver core and a blue polymer ring in between them. The front is dedicated to the Free State and shows the Bavarian coat of arms. The front is dedicated to the Free State and shows the Bavarian coat of arms.
On the back, the Bavarian Landtag (state parliament) is depicted as a symbol for the first Bavarian constitution. The medal was designed by Nuremberg artist Patrick Niesel. 1,000 commemorative medals have been produced. Distribution is carried out exclusively via the Bavarian Central Mint.
On 26 May 1818. Maximilian I Joseph of Bavaria enacted a constitution which was valid until the end of the kingdom in 1918. The power of the king in the constitutional monarchy was limited by the Ständeversammlung (Estates Assembly), which consisted of two chambers which influenced legislation and tax approval.
100 years later, Kurt Eisner proclaimed the Free State of Bavaria in the night from 7 to 8 November 1918, thus ending the House of Wittelsbach rule. “200 years ago, the Kingdom of Bavaria received one of the most liberal constitutions in Europe. 100 years ago, Kurt Eisner declared the Free State of Bavaria; the kingdom became a republic,” said Minister of State Albert Füracker on the occasion of the commemoration of the unique commemorative medal.
Today’s Bavarian Central Mint was founded in 1158 when Heinrich the Lion conferred the right to mint coins on Munich. In particular, the task of minting cash for the Federal Republic of Germany may only be carried out by five mints, which in addition to Munich (with the mint mark “D“) includes Berlin (A), Hamburg (J), Stuttgart (F) and Karlsruhe (G). For 860 years, both coins for payment transactions as well as medals as collector’s items for customers in Germany and abroad have been produced here. As one of the largest German mints, the Bavarian Central Mint stands for modernity and innovation and was key in the development of unique polymer technology.
In 2017, some 279 million federal coins and 312 million foreign coins were minted at the Bavarian Central Mint. With 55 employees, the Bavarian Central Mint generated net profit of €3.0 million in 2017, with sales of €16.9 million.
The commemorative medal is made of 999 fine silver, has a diameter of 40mm and weighs approximately 25g (ring Ag 999, approx. 19g, core Ag 999 gold-plated, approx. 4g). It is available from the » Bavarian Central Mint Online Shop starting at 49,90 €.
Silver content: Ag 999/(ring Ag 999, approx. 19g, core Ag 999 gold-plated, approx. 4g)/Total weight: approx. 25g/Diameter: 40mm/Circulation 1,000 units
Price: from €49.90 plus delivery