2023 – Seven-spot ladybird €5 collectors’ coin with partially coloured motif
The German government has decided to mint a €5 collectors’ coin entitled “Seven-spot ladybird”, to be issed ar 9 March 2023. It is the second coin issued as part of the “Wonderful world of insects” series, which will see a total of nine coins with partially coloured motifs issued over the period 2022-24. The series is intended to bring into focus – especially in light of current developments (insect extinction) – a special group of animals that make up a significant part of our natural heritage.
The €5 collectors’ coin “Seven-spot ladybird” is made of a cupronickel alloy. It weighs 9.68 g, measures 27.25 mm in diameter and will be available both in mint condition and with a proof-like finish. The mint condition coins will be brought into circulation at their face value (€5). The collector quality coins with a proof-like finish will be higher than their face value and will be issued by the Münze Deutschland (Germany’s official sales agency for collector coins).
The coin was designed by Anna Martha Napp, an artist based in Maßlow (picture side), and Andre Witting, a Berlin-based artist (reverse). The picture side shows the beetle in flight, against a background which suggests its natural environment. The pose makes it possible to see features like the hindwings, which are otherwise normally hidden, giving the ladybird a particularly dynamic air. The designer has created an exceptionally lively impression thanks to the strong three-dimensional presentation of the animal.
The reverse, which will be used for all coins in the series, features an eagle, the words “BUNDESREPUBLIK DEUTSCHLAND”, the value and denomination, the year 2023, the twelve stars of Europe and the letter “A” for the State Mint of Berlin.
Its smooth edge is engraved with the inscription: “WUNDERWELT INSEKTEN” (WONDERFUL WORLD OF INSECTS).
Private individuals irrespective of their age may only purchase ten coins per person per day. Authorisations will not be accepted.