Silver coin dedicated to the 25th Anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, Brilliant Uncirculated.
The Berlin Wall, built by the German Democratic Republic (East Germany) during the Cold War, encircled the entire West Berlin, separating it from East Germany, including East Berlin. This wall also symbolized the division of the world into two parts: Federal Republic of Germany (FRG), which was constituted by capitalist countries led by the United States; and the German Democratic Republic (GDR), consisting of the socialist countries of the Soviet regime supporters. The wall was built in the early hours of August 13, 1961 and was patrolled by East German soldiers with orders to shoot to kill those who tried to escape. During a revolutionary wave that swept the Eastern Bloc, the East German government announced on November 9, 1989, after several weeks of civil unrest, that all GDR citizens could visit West Germany and West Berlin. Crowds of East Germans crossed and climbed the wall, joining the West Germans on the other side in a celebratory atmosphere. Over the next few weeks, parts of the wall were destroyed by the euphoric audience.