History – from the beginning to date…

geschichte-der-goede-gruppeBased at Waldaschaff, near Aschaffenburg in Bavaria, GÖDE Group’s activities comprise direct marketing, solar technology, services and research.

The company also has subsidiaries in Switzerland, Austria, France, Luxembourg, Czech Republic, Poland, UK and the US. GÖDE Group employs approximately 400 people.


1978 Set up “Astrophilatelistischer Spezialversand Michael Göde“ (distributing astrophilatelic articles) in a summer house in Würzburg
1982 Moved to Aschaffenburg; Incorporated as ”Verlag Michael Göde“ (Publisher Michael Göde) (Handelsregister) – Hired first two employees.
Expanded collection by adding stamps from all over the world, as well as special philatelic subjects.
1985 Moved into its first company owned building in Aschaffenburg
1987 Expanded collection by adding coins and special coinages
1990 – 1997 Diversified into medals, phone cards, collectors’ dolls
First TV-commercials
Moved into new headquarters in Waldaschaff
Established subsidiaries in the Czech Republic, Austria, France, Netherlands and Switzerland
1993 First TV commercial spot in space (on board the MIR space station)
1993 New company building in Waldaschaff
1997 Opened the German Museum of Medals at its head office in Waldaschaff
1998 Established the subsidiary, American Mint, in the US
Established the GÖDE-Foundation
2000 – 2002 Acquired merchandising-partners for its collectors’ division – i.e. Bundesliga football clubs such as Bayern Munich, Borussia Dortmund, and negotiated international licensing agreements with companies such as Walt Disney and Warner Brothers.
2003 Established a € 1 million GÖDE Gravitationspreis (Gravity Award)
2004 Entered the UK
Launch of photovoltaicshop
Established the TEC Institut für technische Innovationen (Institute for technical innovations)
2005 Added two new categories to the collection: Die Cast-Replicas and Collectors’ knives
2007 Established a new company building in Kreuzlingen, Switzerland (Helvetisches Münzkontor)
2008 Obtained the exclusive license for Champions League Winners – Manchester United
Established ANTARIS SOLAR in Switzerland
Launched ANTARIS SOLAR’s first major project in the Czech Republic
2009 Set up ANTARIS SOLAR in the Czech Republic
Established ANTARIS SOLAR in Italy
2010 Münzkontor entered the Czech and Poland markets
ANTARIS SOLAR entered the UK
ANTARIS SOLAR (Italy) launched its first major project
2011 ANTARIS SOLAR entered the US market
2012 MÜNZKONTOR entered the Slovak and Italian markets
Established Europäisches Goldkontor in Germany (precious metals)
ANTARIS SOLAR entered the markets in Africa and Japan
2013 Set up ANTARIS LICHT (LED lamps)
New licence partnerships with German Bundesliga football clubs, e.g. Borussia Dortmund
2014 Launch of McLicht.de (Online-Shop for LED lamps)
New brand LEDamon (LED lamps)
New licence partnerships with Bundesliga football clubs, e.g.: Hertha BSC, SV Werder Bremen, FC Schalke 04, VfL Wolfsburg, 1. FSV Mainz 05 and SG Dynamo Dresden.
Relaunch of Goldkontor (jewellery)
2015 Development and launch of PakSafe – the flexible parcel mailbox for your door

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