125 years ago, the Imperial Patent Office in Berlin granted patent no. 37435 to a "vehicle with gas-engine drive". This is recognised today as the ’birth certificate’ of the automobile. The certificate was inscribed "Patented in the German Reich, 29 January 1886". This day signalled the triumphant procession of the automobile, which was to change the world on an unforeseeable scale. The Federal Ministry of Finance has issued a special edition postage stamp and commemorative coin to mark the 125th birthday of the automobile. The stamp depicts the world’s first automobile together with a drawing taken from the patent document dated 29 January 1886. Priced at 55 Euro cents, the stamp can be purchased from German post offices and postal agencies from 5 May 2011.