What’s that for? A 4-Pfennig Coin

In its material and size, the so-called Brüning thaler is rather inauspicious. However, for a time, great hopes were placed in this coin, which is on display in the exhibition “Roads not Taken. Oder: Es hätte auch anders kommen können”: It was supposed to help to overcome the crisis of the German economy at the end of the Weimar Republic. This was to be achieved through the coin’s special nominal value. Nico Geisen, research trainee in the DHM’s department of collections, explains the political idea behind the coin.