The obverse of the „Germania and Britannia” coin depicts some of the most famous national feminine personifications in a historically meaningful situation. Both ladies are presented as beautiful women with flowing hair, dressed in long dresses. Germania has a victory symbolizing laurel wreath in her hair and Britannia wears a galea on her head – a helmet with a plume. The Germanian Amazon has an imperial sword (Reichsschwert) by the belt and supports a shield with an image of a two-headed eagle. Lady Britannia on the other hand, has her trident and shield put down, while she is turned away in a doubting pose from Germania, who reaches out to her. The symbolism of the scene refers directly to today’s challenge of the European Union, which faces a timid withdrawal of the United Kingdom, that is struggling with doubts about the country’s future.
On the coin’s reverse there is the two-headed eagle, that is a symbol appearing in Roman mythology associated with Janus – the god of all origins, guardian of doors, gates, passages and bridges, the patron of allied agreements and arrangements. Heads facing the opposite symbolize the past and the future. The lightning bolts held in the claws of an eagle are a divine attribute, symbolizing strength and the power of creation and destruction.
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