Modern Non Iron
Found at an old farm. Picture below shows the sacred heart.
In contrast to most searchers I am not very much interested in coins. While I appreciate their ability to be dated very well I just do not like their impersonal nature. Coins are among the most impersonal possessions we have.
Copper coins are much more sensitive to corrosion than silver coins. In the acidic soil of modern forests even 200 year old coins have often lost all surface detail.
The quality of the German coins declined more or less continuously since 1871. After the German Reich was founded in 1871 Sterling silver was used. This was the best material German coins ever had.
From 1918 (end of World War 1) and 1949 (Federal Republic of Gemany was founded) base metal was used. From 1949 to the 1970s at least the biggest coins had a silver content of 62.5%. When new coins were introduced in the 1970s no silver at all was used. The Euro, introduced in 2002, is the worst money Germany ever had. After just 1 or 2 years in the ground corrosion takes a bigger toll on Euro coins than decades on the old money.
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