German prehistoric animals on silver coins

Woolly mammoth, gold coin

The paleontological society in Germany on its Internet site sells five silver coins. They show six animal species of which fossils have been found in Germany. Like the woolly mammoth, on the back side of the other coins.

Now, the five other species.


A coin shows Archaeopteryx lithographica; according to many paleontologists the first bird ever. Discovered in Solnhofen in Germany in 1861.

Plateosaurus engelhardti

Another coin shows Plateosaurus engelhardti. Plateosaurus fossils have been discovered in Switzerland; but in Germany as well; in 1837 in Heroldsberg.

Rhamphorhynchus muensteri

Another coin shows the pterosaur species Rhamphorhynchus muensteri. Found in 1846 in Blumenberg.

Sciurumimus albersdoeferi

This coin shows the most recent fossil discovery of the series: the small dinosaur species Sciurumimus albersdoeferi, found in 2012 in Painten.

Seymouria sanjuanensis

Finally, there is a coin with the oldest fossil animal of the series: Seymouria sanjuanensis, an ancient amphibian from the Permian age; discovered in 1966 in Tambach-Dietharz.

6 thoughts on “German prehistoric animals on silver coins

  1. Nice post! Love the coins. I lived in the Stuttgart area for two years and used to drive to Munich quite often (they have beir fests there – – – or so I have heard) the was a mountain range I used to pass on the highway that was full of fossils. Always had intentions of going. Never made it due to work and family priorities. Oh well – – -.


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