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Cabinet decides on EUR 20 coin for Reformation anniversary

April 27, 2016

Berlin (epd). To mark the 500th anniversary of the Reformation next year, federal minister of finance Wolfgang Schäuble (CDU) intends to issue a EUR 20 commemorative coin. The finance ministry in Berlin reported that it was a federal cabinet decision to mint the coin, which would appear in the first half of 2017. It will show the portrait of Martin Luther and fragments of his 95 Theses, which sparked the Reformation in 1517. A famous saying attributed to Luther will be engraved along the rim: "Here I stand, I can do no other." 

Europe taught to deal with religious diversity

Commenting on the cabinet decision, Schäuble said that the issue of the relation between religion, culture and politics was again highly topical today. Martin Luther and his Reformation had taught Europe to deal with religious diversity. The free, pluralistic democracy in Germany was also Luther's achievement, he declared.

The silver coin will be made according to a design by the artist Patrick Niesel from Schwaig, near Nuremberg. It will weigh 18 grams and be twice as heavy as the existing two-euro coin.

31 October 2017 will mark the 500th anniversary of the legendary posting of his theses by Martin Luther (1483-1546), who started off the Reformation with his demands for changes in the church. The Evangelical Church in Germany (EKD) and also state actors are planning a host of occasions to recall and celebrate this event, which had such a lasting impact on politics, religion, culture and society.

27 April 2016



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