Tuesday, 13 November 2007

German Government announces special 10 euro coin for Berlin 2009

Berlin 2009 logo  (c)

Berlin 2009 logo (c)

Berlin, Germany - Germany’s Finance Minister Peer Steinbrück has announced that it was decided that a special silver coin will be moulded for the IAAF’s World Championships in Athletics, Berlin 2009. It will be a 10 Euro coin.

It is only the third time in the history of the Federal Republic of Germany that such a coin will have been created for a sporting event. The first coin was moulded for the summer Olympics in Munich in 1972, and there was a second one in conjunction with the Football World Cup in 2006.

The Minister explained that the people of Germany can come forward with ideas and proposals regarding the design of the coin until 31 December 2007. Afterwards a group of experts from the Ministry of Finance and the Berlin Organising Committee will choose from the proposals. It was said that the future design could include the Olympic Stadium or any athletics events.

“It is an honour for us and for the World Championships that there will be such a coin. It shows the national and international significance this event has got,” said Clemens Prokop. The President of the German athletics federation (DLV) was among the guests when Peer Steinbrück made the announcement about the future coin. Other guests were World Discus Throw champion Franka Dietzsch, Pole Vaulter Björn Otto and sprint hurdler Thomas Blaschek.

Jörg Wenig for the IAAF