In the old days in Germany (going back to before 2001).....we had the five-Deutsch-Mark coin. Value to the dollar....roughly $2.5.
It was a popular coin. I can remember going into the base bank every couple of weeks and getting ten of them for pocket change.
When they flipped over to the Euro....the five-Euro coin wasn't in the mix. Don't ask for the reason.....no one ever said much about this.
Well....after years of thinking about it.....come February of 2016....we will have the five-Euro coin.
What the German news media says is that it's been in research for almost a decade. I'm not sure what kind of rocket science had to be inserted into the coin, but it's got tons of research behind it.
Value? Well, at today's rate, it'll be near $6 a coin. Yeah, it's a bit different.
Will I be picking up dozens of these? I'm not that sure that I'll use it frequently. It makes sense for bus or train fares. Maybe it'll make sense for a coffee and cake situation. It's a different spending situation if you ask me.