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German WWII 5 Reichsmark SILVER Coin Potsdam Church - Place Where Evil Was Born - Collectors Couch
German WWII 5 Reichsmark SILVER Coin Potsdam Church - Place Where Evil Was Born - Collectors Couch
German WWII 5 Reichsmark SILVER Coin Potsdam Church - Place Where Evil Was Born - Collectors Couch

German WWII 5 Reichsmark SILVER Coin Potsdam Church - Place Where Evil Was Born

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Authentic German World War II 5 Reichsmark SILVER Coin Potsdam Church - Place Where Evil Was Born

This is a rare World War 2 historical German 2 Reichsmark Silver coin. This coin has potsdam church picture on the reverse, this church is a historical symbol in the World War II era, this is the place where evil was born. You will get one coin per order unless you buy more than one coin in the same order. These are stock picture but you will get coin in the similar condition but of different mint mark. These coins are circulated but in good condition. The year and mint mark in these coins are visible.

The Garrison Church (full name: Court and Garrison Church Potsdam, German: Hof- und Garnisonkirche Potsdam) was a Protestant Baroque church in Potsdam. It was a parish church of the Prussian royal family until 1918. Originally built as a Calvinist church for Prussian monarchs, it became a United Protestant church with both Calvinist and Lutheran participation after the Prussian Union of Churches in 1817.

The architect Philipp Gerlach was commissioned by king Friedrich Wilhelm I to build the church for members of the court and for the soldiers garrisoned in Potsdam. It was consecrated on August 17, 1732 and was soon well-attended by both the civilian and military communities. Friedrich Wilhelm I was buried at his request in the crypt of the church in 1740. In 1786 his son, Frederick the Great, was buried there, against his will.

Both Czar Alexander I and Napoleon visited Frederick II's grave. It was here that the first freely-elected Potsdam City Parliament met and the Lutheran and Reformed Churches celebrated their union. The N's used the church for their Day of Potsdam, and many members of the 20th July conspiracy and their families worshiped there.

The nave and bell tower were destroyed by fire during an air raid in the night from April 14 to April 15, 1945. Only the outside walls remained standing. In 1950 the Holy Cross Chapel was built within the cruciform walls of the bell tower. A new congregation met there for services until on a summer Sunday in 1968, the GDR head of state Walter Ulbricht and his Communist Party ignored widespread protests and ordered the remaining walls left standing to be torn down. In its place, in 1971 a Computing Center was built.

This church is a symbol of evil," says Maximilian Dalichow who was brought up in Potsdam and opposes the building work.

"It's the place where the T R was born. It's where it came into being."

There's no doubt that it was an infamous day. On the Day of Potsdam in 1933, the leader of the biggest party in the newly-elected German parliament, bowed, apparently humbly, to the president of the country, Paul von Hindenburg. The N leader, dressed in a civilian tail coat rather than a military uniform, shook Hindenburg's hand in a grand gesture of false humility which was filmed for mass distribution.

Coin Details
  • Country - Germany - 1871-1948
  • Type - Circulating commemorative coin
  • Years - 1934-1935
  • Value - 5 Reichsmark (5)
  • Currency Reichsmark (1924-1948)
  • Composition - Silver (.900)
  • Weight - 13.889 g
  • Diameter - 29.0 mm
  • Thickness - 2.5 mm
  • Shape - Round
  • Orientation - Medal alignment ↑↑
  • Demonetized - Yes
  • References - KM# 83, AKS# 26, J# 357, Schön DM# 83
  • Commemorative issue - 1st Anniversary of N Rule - Potsdam Garrison Church
  • Obverse - German eagle
  • Lettering - Deutsches Reich 1934 5 Reichsmark
  • Reverse - Potsdam Garrison Church
  • Edge - Smooth with inscriptions
  • Translation: common good takes priority over self-interest

Mint Marks
  • A - Berlin, Germany
  • B - Vienna, Austria (Wien)
  • D - Munich, Germany (Munchen)
  • E - Dresden, Germany (Muldenhutten)
  • F - Stuttgart, Germany
  • G - Karlsruhe, Germany
  • J - Hamburg, Germany
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