Information about National Symbol: Federal Eagle of Germany

Federal Eagle of Germany
Germany / Two Marks 1981 Kurt Schumacher

The Federal Republic of Germany adopted the Weimar eagle as its symbol on 20 January 1950. Since then it has been known as the Bundesadler (Federal Eagle). The legal basis of the use of this coat of arms is the announcement by President Theodor Heuss, Chancellor Konrad Adenauer and Interior Minister Gustav Heinemann of 20 January 1950, which is word for word identical to the announcement by President Friedrich Ebert and Interior Minister Erich Koch-Weser by 11 November 1919, modified only slightly to replace "imperial eagle" with "federal eagle" and "imperial coat of arms" with "federal coat of arms":

"By reason of a decision of the Federal Government I hereby announce that the Federal coat of arms on a gold-yellow shield shows the one headed black eagle, the head turned to the right, the wings open but with closed feathering, beak, tongue and claws of red colour. If the Federal Eagle is shown without a frame, the same charge and colours as those of the eagle of the Federal coat of arms are to be used, but the tops of the feathers are directed outside. The patterns kept by the Federal Ministry of the Interior are definitive for the heraldic design. The artistic design is reserved to each special purpose."

As was the case in the Weimar Republic, minor artistic modifications were allowed for particular purposes. The directives issued by the Federal Minister of the Interior in 1950, which distinguish between "documentary" and "decorative" purposes, note that any person is entitled to use the federal eagle for artistic purposes.

Thus, the federal eagle is portrayed differently on coins, stamps and letterheads, for example. In 1953, the artist Ludwig Gies, from Cologne, was commissioned by the German Bundestag to design a Bundestag eagle for its plenary chamber in Bonn. Today, the eagle designed by Gies can still be seen in the Bundestag's plenary chamber in the Reichstag Building in Berlin, though it was revamped in 1999 by the Lais studio.

Official depictions of the federal eagle can be seen on the federal coat of arms, the Federal Institutions Flag, along with the standards of the Federal President and official stamps and seals.

In the German Democratic Republic (GDR), the eagle was not part of the state coat of arms. The GDR's coat of arms was defined as "a hammer and compasses, framed by a wreath of grain ears, with a ribbon of black, red and gold wound around the bottom section".

Since reunification in 1990, the federal eagle has once again been the emblem of the whole of Germany.

Federal Eagle of Germany - Example/s on coins
Germany / Two Marks 1981 Kurt Schumacher

Federal Eagle of Germany on 2 DM Coin

Germany / Two Marks 1981 Kurt Schumacher

The Federal Eagle is seen here on a copper-nickel 2 Deutsche Mark coin.

Federal Eagle of Germany - (198) Coins (Page 1 of 2)
NameMintageLegend
One Mark 1950 230,959,350 · BUNDESREPUBLIK DEUTSCHLAND ·
Two Marks 1951 75,289,563 · BUNDESREPUBLIK DEUTSCHLAND ·
Five Marks 1951 79,800,000 5 DEUTSCHE MARK + 1951 + · BUNDESREPUBLIK DEUTSCHLAND ·
One Mark 1954 20,002,190 · BUNDESREPUBLIK DEUTSCHLAND ·
One Mark 1955 15,796,020 · BUNDESREPUBLIK DEUTSCHLAND ·
Five Marks 1956 3,360,023 5 DEUTSCHE MARK + 1956 + · BUNDESREPUBLIK DEUTSCHLAND ·
One Mark 1956 47,771,100 · BUNDESREPUBLIK DEUTSCHLAND ·
One Mark 1957 23,683,427 · BUNDESREPUBLIK DEUTSCHLAND ·
Two Marks 1957 Max Planck 27,597,876 BUNDESREPUBLIK · DEUTSCHLAND · 2 DEUTSCHE MARK 1957
Five Marks 1957 4,988,000 5 DEUTSCHE MARK + 1957 + · BUNDESREPUBLIK DEUTSCHLAND ·
Five Marks 1958 3,443,100 5 DEUTSCHE MARK + 1958 + · BUNDESREPUBLIK DEUTSCHLAND ·
Two Marks 1958 Max Planck 49,601,685 BUNDESREPUBLIK · DEUTSCHLAND · 2 DEUTSCHE MARK 1958
One Mark 1958 16,375,357 · BUNDESREPUBLIK DEUTSCHLAND ·
Five Marks 1959 1,901,000 5 DEUTSCHE MARK + 1959 + · BUNDESREPUBLIK DEUTSCHLAND ·
Two Marks 1959 Max Planck 1,223,062 BUNDESREPUBLIK · DEUTSCHLAND · 2 DEUTSCHE MARK 1959
One Mark 1959 39,993,185 · BUNDESREPUBLIK DEUTSCHLAND ·
Five Marks 1960 4,926,050 5 DEUTSCHE MARK + 1960 + · BUNDESREPUBLIK DEUTSCHLAND ·
Two Marks 1960 Max Planck 14,598,316 BUNDESREPUBLIK · DEUTSCHLAND · 2 DEUTSCHE MARK 1960
One Mark 1960 20,406,336 · BUNDESREPUBLIK DEUTSCHLAND ·
One Mark 1961 25,891,208 · BUNDESREPUBLIK DEUTSCHLAND ·
Two Marks 1961 Max Planck 13,506,224 BUNDESREPUBLIK · DEUTSCHLAND · 2 DEUTSCHE MARK 1961
Five Marks 1961 2,382,000 5 DEUTSCHE MARK + 1961 + · BUNDESREPUBLIK DEUTSCHLAND ·
One Mark 1962 38,325,213 · BUNDESREPUBLIK DEUTSCHLAND ·
Two Marks 1962 Max Planck 12,858,250 BUNDESREPUBLIK · DEUTSCHLAND · 2 DEUTSCHE MARK 1962
Five Marks 1963 5,552,100 5 DEUTSCHE MARK + 1963 + · BUNDESREPUBLIK DEUTSCHLAND ·
Two Marks 1963 Max Planck 18,959,319 BUNDESREPUBLIK · DEUTSCHLAND · 2 DEUTSCHE MARK 1963
One Mark 1963 58,075,313 · BUNDESREPUBLIK DEUTSCHLAND ·
Two Marks 1964 Max Planck 15,764,487 BUNDESREPUBLIK · DEUTSCHLAND · 2 DEUTSCHE MARK 1964
Five Marks 1964 6,086,600 5 DEUTSCHE MARK + 1964 + · BUNDESREPUBLIK DEUTSCHLAND ·
One Mark 1964 31,267,466 · BUNDESREPUBLIK DEUTSCHLAND ·
Two Marks 1965 Max Planck 14,562,603 BUNDESREPUBLIK · DEUTSCHLAND · 2 DEUTSCHE MARK 1965
Five Marks 1965 14,352,313 5 DEUTSCHE MARK + 1965 + · BUNDESREPUBLIK DEUTSCHLAND ·
One Mark 1965 32,658,279 · BUNDESREPUBLIK DEUTSCHLAND ·
Two Marks 1966 Max Planck 19,518,540 BUNDESREPUBLIK · DEUTSCHLAND · 2 DEUTSCHE MARK 1966
One Mark 1966 42,918,170 · BUNDESREPUBLIK DEUTSCHLAND ·
Five Marks 1966 20,004,170 5 DEUTSCHE MARK + 1966 + · BUNDESREPUBLIK DEUTSCHLAND ·
Two Marks 1967 Max Planck 15,582,483 BUNDESREPUBLIK · DEUTSCHLAND · 2 DEUTSCHE MARK 1967
One Mark 1967 38,205,500 · BUNDESREPUBLIK DEUTSCHLAND ·
Five Marks 1967 11,335,500 5 DEUTSCHE MARK + 1967 + · BUNDESREPUBLIK DEUTSCHLAND ·
Two Marks 1968 Max Planck 9,226,153 BUNDESREPUBLIK · DEUTSCHLAND · 2 DEUTSCHE MARK 1968
One Mark 1968 9,350,023 · BUNDESREPUBLIK DEUTSCHLAND ·
Five Marks 1968 5,678,023 5 DEUTSCHE MARK + 1968 + · BUNDESREPUBLIK DEUTSCHLAND ·
Two Marks 1969 Max Planck 10,059,800 BUNDESREPUBLIK · DEUTSCHLAND · 2 DEUTSCHE MARK 1969
Two Marks 1969 Konrad Adenauer 28,017,000 · BUNDESREPUBLIK DEUTSCHLAND · 1949 1969
Five Marks 1969 10,113,700 5 DEUTSCHE MARK + 1969 + · BUNDESREPUBLIK DEUTSCHLAND ·
One Mark 1969 50,099,800 · BUNDESREPUBLIK DEUTSCHLAND ·
Two Marks 1970 Max Planck 20,393,340 BUNDESREPUBLIK · DEUTSCHLAND · 2 DEUTSCHE MARK 1970
Two Marks 1970 Konrad Adenauer 28,060,000 · BUNDESREPUBLIK DEUTSCHLAND · 1949 1969
Two Marks 1970 Theodor Heuss 28,063,000 · BUNDESREPUBLIK DEUTSCHLAND · 1949 - 1969
One Mark 1970 68,449,340 · BUNDESREPUBLIK DEUTSCHLAND ·
Five Marks 1970 14,015,340 5 DEUTSCHE MARK + 1970 + · BUNDESREPUBLIK DEUTSCHLAND ·
Two Marks 1971 Max Planck 32,919,000 BUNDESREPUBLIK · DEUTSCHLAND · 2 DEUTSCHE MARK 1971
Two Marks 1971 Konrad Adenauer 28,011,000 · BUNDESREPUBLIK DEUTSCHLAND · 1949 1969
Two Marks 1971 Theodor Heuss 28,000,000 · BUNDESREPUBLIK DEUTSCHLAND · 1949 - 1969
Five Marks 1971 20,037,000 5 DEUTSCHE MARK + 1971 + · BUNDESREPUBLIK DEUTSCHLAND ·
One Mark 1971 94,411,000 · BUNDESREPUBLIK DEUTSCHLAND ·
Two Marks 1972 Konrad Adenauer 28,036,000 · BUNDESREPUBLIK DEUTSCHLAND · 1949 1969
Two Marks 1972 Theodor Heuss 28,058,000 · BUNDESREPUBLIK DEUTSCHLAND · 1949 - 1969
Five Marks 1972 23,025,100 5 DEUTSCHE MARK + 1972 + · BUNDESREPUBLIK DEUTSCHLAND ·
One Mark 1972 80,252,000 · BUNDESREPUBLIK DEUTSCHLAND ·
Two Marks 1973 Konrad Adenauer 42,738,000 · BUNDESREPUBLIK DEUTSCHLAND · 1949 1969
Two Marks 1973 Theodor Heuss 42,768,000 · BUNDESREPUBLIK DEUTSCHLAND · 1949 - 1969
Five Marks 1973 15,118,100 5 DEUTSCHE MARK + 1973 + · BUNDESREPUBLIK DEUTSCHLAND ·
One Mark 1973 56,067,999 · BUNDESREPUBLIK DEUTSCHLAND ·
Two Marks 1974 Konrad Adenauer 20,257,000 · BUNDESREPUBLIK DEUTSCHLAND · 1949 1969
Two Marks 1974 Theodor Heuss 20,286,000 · BUNDESREPUBLIK DEUTSCHLAND · 1949 - 1969
Five Marks 1974 17,924,000 5 DEUTSCHE MARK + 1974 + · BUNDESREPUBLIK DEUTSCHLAND ·
One Mark 1974 80,444,000 · BUNDESREPUBLIK DEUTSCHLAND ·
Two Marks 1975 Konrad Adenauer 17,703,000 · BUNDESREPUBLIK DEUTSCHLAND · 1949 1969
Two Marks 1975 Theodor Heuss 17,755,000 · BUNDESREPUBLIK DEUTSCHLAND · 1949 - 1969
One Mark 1975 70,384,000 · BUNDESREPUBLIK DEUTSCHLAND ·
Five Marks 1975 251,506,000 5 DEUTSCHE MARK · BUNDESREPUBLIK DEUTSCHLAND ·
Two Marks 1976 Konrad Adenauer 17,706,000 · BUNDESREPUBLIK DEUTSCHLAND · 1949 1969
Two Marks 1976 Theodor Heuss 17,686,000 · BUNDESREPUBLIK DEUTSCHLAND · 1949 - 1969
One Mark 1976 60,375,000 · BUNDESREPUBLIK DEUTSCHLAND ·
Five Marks 1976 30,917,000 5 DEUTSCHE MARK · BUNDESREPUBLIK DEUTSCHLAND ·
Two Marks 1977 Konrad Adenauer 22,774,000 · BUNDESREPUBLIK DEUTSCHLAND · 1949 1969
Two Marks 1977 Theodor Heuss 22,714,000 · BUNDESREPUBLIK DEUTSCHLAND · 1949 - 1969
One Mark 1977 80,296,000 · BUNDESREPUBLIK DEUTSCHLAND ·
Five Marks 1977 32,460,000 5 DEUTSCHE MARK · BUNDESREPUBLIK DEUTSCHLAND ·
Two Marks 1978 Konrad Adenauer 12,933,000 · BUNDESREPUBLIK DEUTSCHLAND · 1949 1969
Two Marks 1978 Theodor Heuss 13,433,000 · BUNDESREPUBLIK DEUTSCHLAND · 1949 - 1969
One Mark 1978 60,216,000 · BUNDESREPUBLIK DEUTSCHLAND ·
Five Marks 1978 30,432,000 5 DEUTSCHE MARK · BUNDESREPUBLIK DEUTSCHLAND ·
Two Marks 1979 Konrad Adenauer 12,712,000 · BUNDESREPUBLIK DEUTSCHLAND · 1949 1969
Two Marks 1979 Theodor Heuss 12,712,000 · BUNDESREPUBLIK DEUTSCHLAND · 1949 - 1969
Two Marks 1979 Kurt Schumacher 12,712,000 · BUNDESREPUBLIK DEUTSCHLAND · 1949 1979
Five Marks 1979 30,712,000 5 DEUTSCHE MARK · BUNDESREPUBLIK DEUTSCHLAND ·
One Mark 1979 70,356,000 · BUNDESREPUBLIK DEUTSCHLAND ·
Two Marks 1980 Konrad Adenauer 26,000,000 · BUNDESREPUBLIK DEUTSCHLAND · 1949 1969
Two Marks 1980 Theodor Heuss 8,040,000 · BUNDESREPUBLIK DEUTSCHLAND · 1949 - 1969
Two Marks 1980 Kurt Schumacher 8,040,000 · BUNDESREPUBLIK DEUTSCHLAND · 1949 1979
One Mark 1980 58,990,000 · BUNDESREPUBLIK DEUTSCHLAND ·
Five Marks 1980 32,380,000 5 DEUTSCHE MARK · BUNDESREPUBLIK DEUTSCHLAND ·
Two Marks 1981 Konrad Adenauer 31,593,999 · BUNDESREPUBLIK DEUTSCHLAND · 1949 1969
Two Marks 1981 Theodor Heuss 7,964,000 · BUNDESREPUBLIK DEUTSCHLAND · 1949 - 1969
Two Marks 1981 Kurt Schumacher 7,664,000 · BUNDESREPUBLIK DEUTSCHLAND · 1949 1979
One Mark 1981 80,314,000 · BUNDESREPUBLIK DEUTSCHLAND ·
Five Marks 1981 32,264,000 5 DEUTSCHE MARK · BUNDESREPUBLIK DEUTSCHLAND ·
Two Marks 1982 Konrad Adenauer 37,222,000 · BUNDESREPUBLIK DEUTSCHLAND · 1949 1969
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Federal Eagle of Germany: Details
Year1950
CountryGermany
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