German sculptor and medalist Richard Martin Werner created the reverse of the West German â50 Pfenningâ coin, which showed his wife Gerda Johanna âJoâ Werner while planting a tree. Jo herself was a painter and art teacher. The symbolic power of the design honored the rubble women and female forest workers, who have rebuilt the by men destroyed cities and forests after World War II. Richard Martin Werner died shortly after the first coins with the image of his wife were minted. Overall, more than 2 billion pieces were coined between 1949 and 2002. The coin was considered the most popular among former German Marks (DM) coins. It was also the only coin of the Federal Republic of Germany with a woman on the back side.
His sculpture LÃ¤uferin am Start (Female runner starting) received an Honorable Mention at the 1936 Art Competitions in Berlin within the category Sculpturing, Statues. Werner produced several standing female nudes in bronze, marble or stone.
Mixed Sculpturing, Statues