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1989 MONDAY UPRISING LEIPZIG SILVER GOLD MEDALLION
A pure silver medallion with selective gold plating commemorates the Monday Demonstrations which were held in Leipzig in 1989-90.
It is beautifully struck and is a highly symbolic representation of the rise of the people toward reunification and the eventual fall of the Berlin wall.
There have been a few variations released for various historical events in Germany and this is one of the more interesting.
Limited to 5,000 pieces it is not an overly common item.
The item is in a capsule and all scratches in the pictures are on the plastic and not on the coin. The coin itself is proof quality - UNC.
The Monday Demonstrations (German: Montagsdemonstrationen) were held every Monday night as a series of peaceful protests by East German citizens looking to get their government freedom to travel to other lands as well for them to be legally allowed to elect their own government democratically.
As popular press got a hold of the event it quite quickly spread to other East German towns and cities. By October 1989 the city of Leipzig with a population of around 500,000 saw a turn out of some 70,000 people.
One week later the number rose to 120,000 and then again a week later to 320,000.
Police and the military never intervened in the demonstrations as political figures feared a massacre should it go wrong.
Throughout the protests the most common chant was, " We are the people!" (Weir sin Das Volk!)
By November 1989 the pressure had grown so great on the government that the fall of the Berlin Wall on 9 November 1989 marked the beginning of the end for the GDR regime.
Monday Demonstrations (German: Montagsdemonstrationen)
Weight: 21 grams
Silver: 999/1000 - 99.9%
Gold: 24 K
Diameter: 35 mm
Obverse: Nikolai Church Leipzig where the intial demonstrations were staged and once it was seen they had the support of the church it took off from there. People in back gtoung bearing a banner which states, "We are the people!"
Reverse: the Berlin Gate