Thursday, June 24, 2010

Transit visa & currency ...

... When transiting the GDR, the trains would follow
the route between Helmstedt and Griebnitzsee,
just outside of West Berlin ...


... At the border crossing point a transit visa for
the journey was issued. The visa contained
the person data and a stamp with the date
and the time of the entry.

... tourists crossing from the west had to pay
for a visa, which cost Western DM 5 ...


Aluminium Third Reich 50 Reichspfennig
(0,50 RM)
- Ø 22 mm
An eagle on top of a swastika
Lettering: Deutsches Reich 1943

Facial value and two oak leaves
Lettering: 50 Reichspfennig

Mark der DDR
introduced :
1 January 1968
retired: 30 June 1990

Mark der DDR / East German mark ... (EN)
... commonly called the eastern mark
(Ostmark in West Germany and after the reunification),
in East Germany only Mark, was the currency of
the German Democratic Republic (East Germany).
Its ISO 4217 currency code was DDM. ...

Commemorative Coin to the 20th Anniversary
of the GDR

5 Mark - 25. September 1969 - bronze

... There were 123 commemorative coins all together,
which had a nominal value of 5, 10 or 20 Mark.
The coins were released because of various
anniversaries or special events ...
... Some of the commemorative coins were produced in
very large volumes, especially the one that is shown above.
The high volume caused those coins to enter circulation,
because they were of little to no value for collectors ...

Deutsche Mark ... (EN)
... or German mark was the official currency of
West Germany (1948–1990) and Germany (1990–2002)
until the adoption of the euro in 2002 ...
... The Deutsche Mark played an important role
in the
reunification of Germany ...
... The Deutsche Mark ceased to be legal tender
immediately upon the introduction of the euro —
in contrast to the other Eurozone nations, where
the euro and legacy currency circulated side by side
for up to two months. However, DM coins and
banknotes continued to be accepted as valid forms
of payment in Germany until 28 February 2002.

Depiction of German euro coinage | Obverse side
... Interpretation of the German eagle,
symbol of German sovereignty ...

The common sides of the euro coins.
€ 2 Coin Edge
The edge lettering features the words
(Unity and Justice and Freedom),
Germany's national motto and the beginning
of Germany's national anthem ...

German euro coins ... (EN)
... the 1 and 2 euro coins were designed by Heinz Hoyer
and Sneschana Russewa-Hoyer. Featured in all designs
are the 12 stars of the EU and the year of imprint...