200 years of Grimm's fairy tales: The Frog Prince
20 Euro collector coin 2018
The German government has decided to mint a €20 collectors coin with the theme "The Frog Prince", to be issued on 25 January 2018.
This coin is the seventh in a series of coins entitled "200 years of Grimm's fairy tales", which was launched in 2012. The first volume of the Grimm Brothers' Children's and Household Tales was published on 20 December 1812 and has been included in the UNESCO Memory of the World Register since 2005, thereby forming part of the world's documentary heritage.
The coin was designed by artist Anne Karen Hentschel from Bremen.
The jury explained their decision as follows.
"Portraying the three key elements of the fairy tale in constellation – the frog prince, the gold ball and the king's daughter – the picture side design dynamically illustrates the story from an original perspective. The exceptionally well-crafted three-dimensional frog, who is in possession of the gold ball and holds it before him as a symbol of his demands, forms the focal point of the image with this dominating gesture. A strong sense of tension is created between the bold Frog Prince motif in the foreground and the king's daughter in the background as she looks back at him grudgingly, and this perfectly encapsulates the charged relationship at the heart of the fairy tale. The noble eagle's central positioning on the reverse side echoes this power of expression. Formal design elements from the picture side, such as spheres, are echoed on the reverse side as a playful nod to the theme of the coin."
The reverse features an eagle framed by the words "BUNDESREPUBLIK DEUTSCHLAND", the value and denomination, the letter "F" for the State Mint of Baden-Württemberg in Stuttgart, the year 2018, and the twelve stars of Europe. In addition, the words "SILBER 925" are minted on the coin.
The coin's smooth edge is embossed with the inscription: "KÖNIGSTOCHTER JÜNGSTE MACH MIR AUF!" ("Youngest king's daughter, open to me!")
The coins are to be produced in both mint condition and with a proof-like finish and will be made of an alloy composed of 92.5% silver and 7.5% copper (sterling silver). Each coin will weigh 18g and have a diameter of 32.5mm.
The mint condition coins will be brought into circulation at their face value (€20), and will be available from the issue date at the Deutsche Bundesbank's branches while stocks last.