Since the dawn of time the oak tree has made a great impression on people, both due its longevity and impressive appearance. The Germanic peoples also treated the plant with greatest reverence. A wreath of oak leaves on the head of Germania symbolizes loyalty, stability and national unity. In the past, only people who wielded enormous power – spirit, muscle or magic, could wear it. Germanians worshipped the oak and believed that ghosts and gods lived inside it. They even sacrificed the tree to Thor – the god of storms and thunderbolts. It resulted from the observations that lightning struck the plant more often without doing any serious damage. Its fruits – acorns, were responsible for fertility, which was one of the magical abilities of an oak tree.
The design of the coin is devoted to the theme of an oak tree. The Germanic peoples treated this plant with greatest reverence, they worshipped the oak and believed that ghosts and gods lived inside it. It was also believed, that its fruits – acorns, were responsible for fertility, which was one of the magical abilities of an oak tree. On the obverse we can find an image of a single beautiful oak leaf together with an acorn.
The two-headed eagle is a symbol appearing in Roman mythology associated with Janus – the god of all origins, guardian of doors, gates, passages and bridges, the patron of allied agreements and arrangements. Heads facing the opposite symbolize the past and the future. The lightning bolts held in the claws of an eagle are a divine attribute, symbolizing strength and the power of creation and destruction. With the Oak Leaf we present a refreshed image of the effigy of Germania Mint.
Each silver proof coin is presented in a protective capsule inside of a blister pack alongside a certificate of authenticity.
|Precious Metal Content||(Troy oz)||1.000|
|Fineness||(% purity)||99.99 Ag|
|Monetary Denomination||(DEM)||5 Mark|