Subject of commemoration
The 1275th anniversary of the birth of Charlemagne (748–814), King of the Franks and Holy Roman Emperor
The design combines two contemporary elements: Charlemagne’s personal monogram and the octagon of Aachen Cathedral. The two motifs are deftly merged into a distinctive work of art. The strength of the design lies in its dynamic, three-dimensional quality. Overall, it is an innovative tribute to an outstanding figure in European history. The coin’s inner ring also features the inscription “KARL DER GROßE” (“Charlemagne”) at the top and, in the bottom half, the year of issue “2023”, the dates “748–814”, Germany’s issuing country code “D”, the mint mark of the respective mint (“A”, “D”, “F”, “G” or “J”) and the artist’s initials (“TW”).
The coin’s outer ring depicts the 12 stars of the European flag.