The first player to lift up the "pot" and show it to the crowd was Aki Schmidt of Borussia
Dortmund. This was in 1965 after Borussia won 2-0 vs. Alemania Aachen in the DFB cup final.
Thus, today's trophy with a height of 52 cm had replaced the trophies awarded in the past. The
Goldfasanen-Pokal (gold pheasant cup) which had been the official winner's trophy during the
years from 1935 to 1943 had reminded Dr. Peco Bauwens, former DFB president, too much of the
Nazi era, and so he decided that a new trophy should be created. This new trophy was then
presented from 1954 to 1964, but it did no longer meet the cultural aspects of the DFB.
Therefore, Bauwens asked the Cologne artist Wilhelm Nagel to create a new cup.
The result was a trophy weighing 12.5 pounds leaving sufficient room in its base for
engraving the names of the victorious teams. This cup was made of hot gold-plated
Sterling silver. Nagel used 250 g fine gold and decorated his work of art with twelve
tourmalines, twelve pieces of rock crystal and 18 nephrites. The DFB emblem of green nephrite
forms the centre. The "pot" has a volume of 8 litres.
Since, until 1991, approx. 700 letters and numbers denoting the years and names of the winners
had been engraved in the base, the latter had to be enlarged by 5 cm to provide further room.
The base area is now sufficiently dimensioned to allow engravings until 2020.
The material value, as it is estimated now by art experts is about 100,000 EURO. However, the ideal
value ranks much higher, because the DFB cup is considered the most popular trophy in the
German soccer after the Meisterschale (champions trophy).