First of all, sorry to the owner for keeping this fine TB for more than 2 weeks. This is usually not my style...
I picked up .999 Fine in Portugal, and it travelled with my to Germany, then on to Oslo (see previous log), then back to Germany and on to Stockholm the following weekend. I didn't find a suitable cache there, so it returned with me to my home town.
Today I finally made it to the Hamburg Mint (Münze Hamburg), a rather special place indeed. While today's new mint won't win an architectural prize, the institution itself has quire some history. The first coins of the Hamburg Mint were produced in 834 (1172 years ago)!! Their website says "The Hamburg Mint (Hamburgische Münze) has been producing coinage since the 9th century and is thus the oldest coin-minting site in Germany. As one of the five state-owned mints, the Hamburg Mint now produces a proportion of all the Euro coins for the Federal Republic of Germany, as well as foreign currencies, special coins, collectors’ coins and medals." http://www.muenzehamburg.de/en/index.htm
Watch out for German coins with the "J", indicating that it has been produced at Hamburg Mint.
Pics to be uploaded soon