The State Mints of Baden-Wuerttemberg were leaders in the development of the polymer coin, which possesses a whole new level of security. Not only is the polymer ring a visible security feature for each user, with the addition of nano-pigments it can also serve as a covert security feature. Thus, for the first time, coins can be produced that are as difficult to forge as banknotes.
The new type of high-capacity material has been certified by the Rhineland-Westphalian Technical College (RWTH) in Aachen. Its special properties include conductivity, chemical resistance and durability in the face of temperature variation, UV radiation and water. The material is characterised by its high suitability for minting and retains the transparent clarity of a thermoplastic polymer even after it has been struck.