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Why didn't portrait of Adolf Hitler appear on Nazi official coins ?

 
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 Posted 05/18/2018  08:54 am Show Profile   Bookmark this topic Add fiohshop to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
Hello every one,

Adolf Hitler was the leader of Nazi in 1930s and 1940s, but I have never seen any his portrait appearing on Nazi coins. Does anyone know why ? please explain for me.

Thank you very much !
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 Posted 05/18/2018  10:07 am  Show Profile   Check chafemasterj's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add chafemasterj to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I believe it had something to do with a superstition that Hitler believed.

Edit: I just did some Googling and couldn't find any information to back that up.
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 Posted 05/18/2018  10:22 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add sel_69l to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Hitler's image does in fact, appear on Nazi postage stamps.
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 Posted 05/18/2018  11:01 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add moxking to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
He was a shy, reserved kind of guy.
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 Posted 05/18/2018  11:12 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add tdziemia to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I will offer this guess:

Just as the U.S. never features a sitting president on its coins, the unified German coinage for general circulation starting in the 1870s also tended to not feature the image of national leaders currently in office (there was, however, a 1929 Weimar Republic 5 Mark commemorative with an image of Hindenburg).

Those well known Hindenburg coins of the 1930s were issued to honor him after his death.


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 Posted 05/18/2018  11:12 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Finn235 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I don't think there is a single definitive answer - after some googling, I have read claims that 1) He claimed he wouldn't accept that honor until his war was finished, and 2) From a propaganda standpoint, the Third Reich was about the advancement of the "Aryan" race, not a personality cult.

Neither of those really explain why Hindenburg was on most of their silver coins, though.
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 Posted 05/18/2018  11:14 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add dave700x to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply

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He was a shy, reserved kind of guy.




So was Genghis Khan...
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 Posted 05/18/2018  11:18 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add tdziemia to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply

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Neither of those really explain why Hindenburg was on most of their silver coins, though.


@finn235, I think we were posting at the same time.

Those Hindenburg coins are probably best compared to something like the Roosevelt dime or Kennedy half. Issued shortly after the death, not while in office.
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 Posted 05/18/2018  11:21 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Pacificoin to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
There are numerous examples of Hitler Portrait medals. These are designated by Colbert/ Hyder Numbers CH#. "Medallic Portraits Of Adolf Hitler."
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 Posted 05/18/2018  1:57 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Lucky Cuss to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply

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There are numerous examples of Hitler Portrait medals.

There was also a design competition that led to the production of a 1942 dated pattern 5 Reichsmark bearing Hitler's likeness. Why this was never produced probably owes something to the general European convention was that a portrait on a coin is that of the reigning monarch. Putting his megalomania on the shelf in this one instance, I think Hitler rightly perceived that being presented in such a manner would rather suggest he was more or less "Wilhelm III" which would run counter to both his personal loathing of royalty as an institution as well as the propaganda that promoted his "man of the people" image.

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 Posted 05/18/2018  5:59 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add tdziemia to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply

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the general European convention was that a portrait on a coin is that of the reigning monarch


Agree. This is why nations like France and Switzerland had no such portrait on their coins in the 20th century. The German monarchy was abolished in 1918, and even before that did not have a portrait of the emperor on coins for common circulation. It would have been an aberration for Hitler's portrait to be on German coins.
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 Posted 05/19/2018  02:12 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Crazyb0 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Thought it had to do with Adolp and his belief in the occult, coins were issued posthoumsly, he feared death greatly.
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 Posted 05/19/2018  05:44 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add gxseries to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Who knows, that's also another question why Stalin isn't on Soviet coins either.

Perhaps they weren't keen on the idea of general public defacing their portraits. Same with some of the craziest dictatorship coins.
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 Posted 05/19/2018  07:55 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Sap to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
It is my understanding - and I cannot cite any reference as to where I heard this - that while it is difficult to get into Hitler's mind, Hitler's thinking went something like this.

Only monarchs put their portrait on coins. But the Holy Roman Empire (the First Reich) and the German monarchy (the Second Reich) were failures - they both failed to bring the German people into their manifest destiny of world domination. He, and his Third Reich, would succeed where the emperors of the past had failed.

But until that day, when German hegemony became a reality and Germany actually won a war, Hitler would never place himself on a level with the kings of old - either by formally claiming an imperial title for himself, or by behaving as a king (such as putting his portrait on the coinage).

There is a very rare Vichy French coin, the five francs of 1941. It bears the portrait of the Nazi puppet, the Vichy French ruler Field Marshal Petain. It is said (and again, I cannot cite a source) that Hitler was personally incensed that his French puppet put his portrait on French coins, before Hitler himself was ready to do likewise. So he ordered the French to withdraw and destroy the coins. Hence, their current rarity.

I do not know how true this is, especially in the light of the Slovakian puppet coinage from 1939 depicting the Slovak leader, Jozef Tiso.
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