Trier, in the south west of Germany, has launched a wide range of memorabilia to celebrate the anniversary, but the ingenious move to sell money with Marx's face on has caught the most attention.
Available from Trier's tourist offices across the city, the notes — which look like real euro notes, but are not legal tender — cost €3 to buy.
The note, which are authorized by the European Central Bank despite just being souvenirs and labelled so, have proven to be so popular that the first batch of 5,000 quickly sold out, forcing the city to order another 20,000 to cope with demand in the weeks running up to Marx’s birthday.
“The souvenir plays on Marx’s criticism of capitalism and of course the zero-euro note fits perfectly with Marx as a motif,” said Norbert Kaethler, managing director of Trier tourism office.
Marx spent the first 17 years of his life living in Trier before going on to predict that socialism will one day overthrow capitalism. Despite being one of the most influential writers and philosophers in history, Marx spent several years of his life living in poverty.
Trier has also started selling other bits of memorabilia for Marx’s coming anniversary. The city has also temporary changed the green and red traffic lights to images of Marx and a new stature of him will be unveiled on May 5.
Euro at a Glimpse
The euro is the official currency of the European Union. Currently 19 of 28 member states use the euro (called the eurozone). It is the second most traded currency in the foreign exchange market after the United States dollar.
The European Central Bank has its seat in Frankfurt, Germany and is in charge of the monetary policy of the euro area. As of 2017, with more than €1.1 trillion in circulation, the euro has the highest combined values of banknotes and coins in circulation in the world.
The euro is subdivided into 100 cents. The coins are issued in €2, €1, 50c, 20c, 10c, 5c, 2c, and 1c denominations. Notes are issued in €500, €200, €100, €50, €20, €10, €5. Each banknote has its own color and is dedicated to an artistic period of European architecture. The front of the note features windows or gateways while the back has bridges, symbolizing links between countries and with the future.
memorabilia: n. 值得纪念的事物
motif: n. 主题
denomination: n. 面额