The 2015 World Money Show in Berlin had as its Guest of Honor for that year, the Royal Australian Mint which is celebrating its 50th anniversary.
One dollar coins were minted and carded onsite with the distinctive form of the Ampelmann pedestrian traffic light symbol as a German-themed privy mark.
A very limited release and sure to be a great collectible in the years to come.
Each coin comes individually carded and sealed.
For more about Ampelmann please see the history tab.
2015 $1 Uncirculated Ampelmann Privy Mark – World Money Fair Special Release
Denomination – One dollar
Metal – Aluminum Bronze
Diameter – 25 mm
Weight – 9 grams
Mintage – 10,000
The Ampelmann (English: Traffic light man) is the symbol shown to pedestrians to advise when it is safe to cross the road.
It was first designed in the former East Germany. The symbol is a man wearing a hat either striding along in green for walk now or standing with the arms held straight out in red advising you to stop and not cross the road. It is one of the few symbols to have survived the fall of the Iron Curtain and remains endearing to all.
Officially the symbol was first released in Berlin in October 1961. The Ampelfrau made her first appearance in 2004 in Dresden and Zwickau.
A large tourism industry has grown up around it with shops specializing in goods that bear the Ampelmann or Ampelfrau symbol. Sales of more than 2 million Euros a year have been cited.
In use across Germany there are 3 variations of the Ampelmann. the original version from East Germany, a slightly different older West German version and what is now referred to as a pan-German Ampelmann.
The symbol has long being a part of training children in road safety.
The Ampelmann symbol has become synonymous with the nostalgia movement for East Germany, often referred to as Ostalgie.