Five Marks, Coin Type from Germany - detailed information

Five Marks, Coin Type from Germany (issued 1951 - 2001)
Coin TypeFive Marks

The Five Marks coin, abbreviated 5 DM and known in English as 5 German Marks, was the largest circulating denomination of the Deutsche Mark (German mark), which was the official currency of West Germany from 1948 until 1990 and later of unified Germany from 1990 until 2002. The denomination was also served by a banknote from 1992.

The coins were struck by five different mints in parallel:
- Berlin Mint - mint mark A (from 1991; Berlin was in a different country - the German Democratic Republic - before that)
- Munich Mint - mint mark D
- Stuttgart Mint - mint mark F
- Karlsruhe Mint - mint mark G
- Hamburg Mint - mint mark J

In 1998, the Stuttgart Mint and the Karlsruhe Mint merged to form the Staatliche Münzen Baden-Württemberg (SMBW) - State Mints of Baden-Württemberg, but retained their separate mint marks.

The coins were initially made of silver (1951 - 1974) but this was later changed to three-layered coins, with CuproNickel outer layers and a Nickel core and with a new design; the silver coins were demonetised in 1975. There was also an extensive series of commemorative 5 Marks coins (listed separately).

The edge inscription was the same throughout the history of the denomination: Einigkeit und Recht und Freiheit, meaning "Unity and Justice and Freedom" (same as on the 2 DM coins).

In 1999, the Deutsche Mark was replaced by the Euro; its coins and banknotes remained in circulation, defined in terms of euros, until the introduction of euro notes and coins on 1 January 2002. The Deutsche Mark ceased to be legal tender immediately upon the introduction of the euro - in contrast to the other eurozone nations, where the euro and legacy currency circulated side by side for up to two months. Mark coins and banknotes continued to be accepted as valid forms of payment in Germany until 28 February 2002.

Obverse
Germany / Five Marks - obverse photo

There were two different obverse designs:

Between 1951 and 1974, the silver 5 Mark coins depicted, within a beaded circle, the Federal Eagle of Germany, being a one headed eagle, its head turned to the right (i.e. facing left on the coin), its wings open and with open feathering. There was no inscription.

Between 1975 and 2001, the nickel 5 Mark coins had a different rendition of the Federal Eagle of Germany[year] underneath, and the mint mark (a letter representing the mint which struck the coin).

Obverse Inscription [year]
Reverse
Germany / Five Marks - reverse photo

There were two different reverse designs:

Between 1951 and 1974, the silver 5 Mark coins had, within a beaded circle, a design featuring text only. At centre, the numeral of the value: 5; around, the denomination DEUTSCHE MARK (German Mark) separated by four-pointed stars from the date: + [year] +. All around that, the legend · BUNDESREPUBLIK DEUTSCHLAND ·, meaning Federal Republic of Germany, and the mint mark (below the date).

Between 1975 and 2001, the nickel 5 Mark coins had, at centre, the numeral of the value 5 incuse within a rounded square which is in relief; this resembles a TV screen, thus the nickname "the TV fiver" for the coin.

Around above, the legend · BUNDESREPUBLIK DEUTSCHLAND ·. Around below, the denomination DEUTSCHE MARK (German Mark).

Reverse Inscription 5 DEUTSCHE MARK · BUNDESREPUBLIK DEUTSCHLAND ·
EdgeInscribed (incuse lettering)Edge InscriptionEINIGKEIT UND RECHT UND FREIHEIT
Coin Type: Five Marks - (46) Coins
Coin NameReverseObverseDetails
Five Marks 1951 Germany / Five Marks 1951 - reverse photo Germany / Five Marks 1951 - obverse photo Material: 0.625 Silver
Mints:
- Stuttgart Mint: 24,000,000
- Hamburg Mint: 21,360,000
- Bavarian Central Mint - Munich: 20,600,000
- Karlsruhe Mint: 13,840,000
Total Mintage: 79,800,000
Five Marks 1956 Germany / Five Marks 1956 - reverse photo Germany / Five Marks 1956 - obverse photo Material: 0.625 Silver
Mints:
- Stuttgart Mint: 1,200,023
- Bavarian Central Mint - Munich: 1,092,000
- Hamburg Mint: 1,068,000
Total Mintage: 3,360,023
Five Marks 1957 Germany / Five Marks 1957 - reverse photo Germany / Five Marks 1957 - obverse photo Material: 0.625 Silver
Mints:
- Stuttgart Mint: 2,100,000
- Hamburg Mint: 1,630,000
- Karlsruhe Mint: 692,000
- Bavarian Central Mint - Munich: 566,000
Total Mintage: 4,988,000
Five Marks 1958 Germany / Five Marks 1958 - reverse photo Germany / Five Marks 1958 - obverse photo Material: 0.625 Silver
Mints:
- Karlsruhe Mint: 1,557,000
- Bavarian Central Mint - Munich: 1,226,000
- Stuttgart Mint: 600,100
- Hamburg Mint: 60,000
Total Mintage: 3,443,100
Five Marks 1959 Germany / Five Marks 1959 - reverse photo Germany / Five Marks 1959 - obverse photo Material: 0.625 Silver
Mints:
- Hamburg Mint: 713,000
- Karlsruhe Mint: 692,000
- Bavarian Central Mint - Munich: 496,000
Total Mintage: 1,901,000
Five Marks 1960 Germany / Five Marks 1960 - reverse photo Germany / Five Marks 1960 - obverse photo Material: 0.625 Silver
Mints:
- Hamburg Mint: 1,618,000
- Stuttgart Mint: 1,576,050
- Bavarian Central Mint - Munich: 1,040,000
- Karlsruhe Mint: 692,000
Total Mintage: 4,926,050
Five Marks 1961 Germany / Five Marks 1961 - reverse photo Germany / Five Marks 1961 - obverse photo Material: 0.625 Silver
Mints:
- Bavarian Central Mint - Munich: 1,040,000
- Stuttgart Mint: 824,000
- Hamburg Mint: 518,000
Total Mintage: 2,382,000
Five Marks 1963 Germany / Five Marks 1963 - reverse photo Germany / Five Marks 1963 - obverse photo Material: 0.625 Silver
Mints:
- Bavarian Central Mint - Munich: 2,080,000
- Hamburg Mint: 1,618,000
- Stuttgart Mint: 1,254,000
- Karlsruhe Mint: 600,100
Total Mintage: 5,552,100
Five Marks 1964 Germany / Five Marks 1964 - reverse photo Germany / Five Marks 1964 - obverse photo Material: 0.625 Silver
Mints:
- Stuttgart Mint: 2,646,000
- Karlsruhe Mint: 1,649,600
- Hamburg Mint: 1,335,000
- Bavarian Central Mint - Munich: 456,000
Total Mintage: 6,086,600
Five Marks 1965 Germany / Five Marks 1965 - reverse photo Germany / Five Marks 1965 - obverse photo Material: 0.625 Silver
Mints:
- Bavarian Central Mint - Munich: 4,354,000
- Stuttgart Mint: 4,050,080
- Hamburg Mint: 3,605,000
- Karlsruhe Mint: 2,343,233
Total Mintage: 14,352,313
Five Marks 1966 Germany / Five Marks 1966 - reverse photo Germany / Five Marks 1966 - obverse photo Material: 0.625 Silver
Mints:
- Stuttgart Mint: 6,000,100
- Hamburg Mint: 5,341,000
- Bavarian Central Mint - Munich: 5,200,000
- Karlsruhe Mint: 3,463,070
Total Mintage: 20,004,170
Five Marks 1967 Germany / Five Marks 1967 - reverse photo Germany / Five Marks 1967 - obverse photo Material: 0.625 Silver
Mints:
- Stuttgart Mint: 3,599,500
- Hamburg Mint: 3,205,500
- Bavarian Central Mint - Munich: 3,120,000
- Karlsruhe Mint: 1,410,500
Total Mintage: 11,335,500
Five Marks 1968 Germany / Five Marks 1968 - reverse photo Germany / Five Marks 1968 - obverse photo Material: 0.625 Silver
Mints:
- Karlsruhe Mint: 1,541,023
- Stuttgart Mint: 1,500,000
- Hamburg Mint: 1,337,000
- Bavarian Central Mint - Munich: 1,300,000
Total Mintage: 5,678,023
Five Marks 1969 Germany / Five Marks 1969 - reverse photo Germany / Five Marks 1969 - obverse photo Material: 0.625 Silver
Mints:
- Karlsruhe Mint: 3,492,700
- Stuttgart Mint: 2,400,000
- Hamburg Mint: 2,141,000
- Bavarian Central Mint - Munich: 2,080,000
Total Mintage: 10,113,700
Five Marks 1970 Germany / Five Marks 1970 - reverse photo Germany / Five Marks 1970 - obverse photo Material: 0.625 Silver
Mints:
- Karlsruhe Mint: 6,010,200
- Hamburg Mint: 4,005,000
- Stuttgart Mint: 2,000,140
- Bavarian Central Mint - Munich: 2,000,000
Total Mintage: 14,015,340
Five Marks 1971 Germany / Five Marks 1971 - reverse photo Germany / Five Marks 1971 - obverse photo Material: 0.625 Silver
Mints:
- Karlsruhe Mint: 6,020,000
- Hamburg Mint: 6,008,000
- Bavarian Central Mint - Munich: 4,008,000
- Stuttgart Mint: 4,001,000
Total Mintage: 20,037,000
Five Marks 1972 Germany / Five Marks 1972 - reverse photo Germany / Five Marks 1972 - obverse photo Material: 0.625 Silver
Mints:
- Stuttgart Mint: 9,000,100
- Hamburg Mint: 6,008,000
- Karlsruhe Mint: 5,009,000
- Bavarian Central Mint - Munich: 3,008,000
Total Mintage: 23,025,100
Five Marks 1973 Germany / Five Marks 1973 - reverse photo Germany / Five Marks 1973 - obverse photo Material: 0.625 Silver
Mints:
- Hamburg Mint: 5,580,000
- Stuttgart Mint: 3,900,100
- Bavarian Central Mint - Munich: 3,389,000
- Karlsruhe Mint: 2,249,000
Total Mintage: 15,118,100
Five Marks 1974 Germany / Five Marks 1974 - reverse photo Germany / Five Marks 1974 - obverse photo Material: 0.625 Silver
Mints:
- Stuttgart Mint: 6,549,000
- Bavarian Central Mint - Munich: 4,629,000
- Karlsruhe Mint: 3,743,000
- Hamburg Mint: 3,003,000
Total Mintage: 17,924,000
Five Marks 1975 Germany / Five Marks 1975 - reverse photo Germany / Five Marks 1975 - obverse photo Material: CuproNickel-clad Nickel
Mints:
- Stuttgart Mint: 75,045,000
- Hamburg Mint: 67,415,000
- Bavarian Central Mint - Munich: 65,706,000
- Karlsruhe Mint: 43,340,000
Total Mintage: 251,506,000
Five Marks 1976 Germany / Five Marks 1976 - reverse photo Germany / Five Marks 1976 - obverse photo Material: CuproNickel-clad Nickel
Mints:
- Stuttgart Mint: 9,115,000
- Hamburg Mint: 8,111,000
- Bavarian Central Mint - Munich: 7,864,000
- Karlsruhe Mint: 5,827,000
Total Mintage: 30,917,000
Five Marks 1977 Germany / Five Marks 1977 - reverse photo Germany / Five Marks 1977 - obverse photo Material: CuproNickel-clad Nickel
Mints:
- Stuttgart Mint: 9,663,000
- Hamburg Mint: 8,628,000
- Bavarian Central Mint - Munich: 8,372,000
- Karlsruhe Mint: 5,797,000
Total Mintage: 32,460,000
Five Marks 1978 Germany / Five Marks 1978 - reverse photo Germany / Five Marks 1978 - obverse photo Material: CuproNickel-clad Nickel
Mints:
- Stuttgart Mint: 9,108,000
- Hamburg Mint: 8,118,000
- Bavarian Central Mint - Munich: 7,908,000
- Karlsruhe Mint: 5,298,000
Total Mintage: 30,432,000
Five Marks 1979 Germany / Five Marks 1979 - reverse photo Germany / Five Marks 1979 - obverse photo Material: CuproNickel-clad Nickel
Mints:
- Stuttgart Mint: 9,178,000
- Hamburg Mint: 8,188,000
- Bavarian Central Mint - Munich: 7,978,000
- Karlsruhe Mint: 5,368,000
Total Mintage: 30,712,000
Five Marks 1980 Germany / Five Marks 1980 - reverse photo Germany / Five Marks 1980 - obverse photo Material: CuproNickel-clad Nickel
Mints:
- Stuttgart Mint: 9,750,000
- Hamburg Mint: 8,610,000
- Bavarian Central Mint - Munich: 8,410,000
- Karlsruhe Mint: 5,610,000
Total Mintage: 32,380,000
Five Marks 1981 Germany / Five Marks 1981 - reverse photo Germany / Five Marks 1981 - obverse photo Material: CuproNickel-clad Nickel
Mints:
- Stuttgart Mint: 9,691,000
- Hamburg Mint: 8,591,000
- Bavarian Central Mint - Munich: 8,391,000
- Karlsruhe Mint: 5,591,000
Total Mintage: 32,264,000
Five Marks 1982 Germany / Five Marks 1982 - reverse photo Germany / Five Marks 1982 - obverse photo Material: CuproNickel-clad Nickel
Mints:
- Stuttgart Mint: 10,378,000
- Hamburg Mint: 9,178,000
- Bavarian Central Mint - Munich: 8,978,000
- Karlsruhe Mint: 6,068,000
Total Mintage: 34,602,000
Five Marks 1983 Germany / Five Marks 1983 - reverse photo Germany / Five Marks 1983 - obverse photo Material: CuproNickel-clad Nickel
Mints:
- Stuttgart Mint: 7,275,000
- Hamburg Mint: 6,483,000
- Bavarian Central Mint - Munich: 6,315,000
- Karlsruhe Mint: 4,227,000
Total Mintage: 24,300,000
Five Marks 1984 Germany / Five Marks 1984 - reverse photo Germany / Five Marks 1984 - obverse photo Material: CuproNickel-clad Nickel
Mints:
- Stuttgart Mint: 6,964,000
- Hamburg Mint: 6,164,000
- Bavarian Central Mint - Munich: 6,064,000
- Karlsruhe Mint: 4,064,000
Total Mintage: 23,256,000
Five Marks 1985 Germany / Five Marks 1985 - reverse photo Germany / Five Marks 1985 - obverse photo Material: CuproNickel-clad Nickel
Mints:
- Stuttgart Mint: 5,754,000
- Hamburg Mint: 5,154,000
- Bavarian Central Mint - Munich: 4,956,000
- Karlsruhe Mint: 3,355,000
Total Mintage: 19,219,000
Five Marks 1986 Germany / Five Marks 1986 - reverse photo Germany / Five Marks 1986 - obverse photo Material: CuproNickel-clad Nickel
Mints:
- Stuttgart Mint: 5,744,000
- Hamburg Mint: 5,144,000
- Bavarian Central Mint - Munich: 4,944,000
- Karlsruhe Mint: 3,344,000
Total Mintage: 19,176,000
Five Marks 1987 Germany / Five Marks 1987 - reverse photo Germany / Five Marks 1987 - obverse photo Material: CuproNickel-clad Nickel
Mints:
- Stuttgart Mint: 7,845,000
- Hamburg Mint: 6,985,000
- Bavarian Central Mint - Munich: 6,805,000
- Karlsruhe Mint: 4,545,000
Total Mintage: 26,180,000
Five Marks 1988 Germany / Five Marks 1988 - reverse photo Germany / Five Marks 1988 - obverse photo Material: CuproNickel-clad Nickel
Mints:
- Stuttgart Mint: 13,845,000
- Hamburg Mint: 12,325,000
- Bavarian Central Mint - Munich: 12,005,000
- Karlsruhe Mint: 8,005,000
Total Mintage: 46,180,000
Five Marks 1989 Germany / Five Marks 1989 - reverse photo Germany / Five Marks 1989 - obverse photo Material: CuproNickel-clad Nickel
Mints:
- Stuttgart Mint: 19,845,000
- Hamburg Mint: 17,665,000
- Bavarian Central Mint - Munich: 17,205,000
- Karlsruhe Mint: 11,465,000
Total Mintage: 66,180,000
Five Marks 1990 Germany / Five Marks 1990 - reverse photo Germany / Five Marks 1990 - obverse photo Material: CuproNickel-clad Nickel
Mints:
- Stuttgart Mint: 24,165,000
- Hamburg Mint: 21,515,000
- Bavarian Central Mint - Munich: 20,945,000
- Karlsruhe Mint: 13,955,000
Total Mintage: 80,580,000
Five Marks 1991 Germany / Five Marks 1991 - reverse photo Germany / Five Marks 1991 - obverse photo Material: CuproNickel-clad Nickel
Mints:
- Stuttgart Mint: 21,645,000
- Bavarian Central Mint - Munich: 18,945,000
- Hamburg Mint: 18,945,000
- Berlin Mint: 18,045,000
- Karlsruhe Mint: 12,645,000
Total Mintage: 90,225,000
Five Marks 1992 Germany / Five Marks 1992 - reverse photo Germany / Five Marks 1992 - obverse photo Material: CuproNickel-clad Nickel
Mints:
- Stuttgart Mint: 19,245,000
- Bavarian Central Mint - Munich: 16,845,000
- Hamburg Mint: 16,845,000
- Berlin Mint: 16,045,000
- Karlsruhe Mint: 11,245,000
Total Mintage: 80,225,000
Five Marks 1993 Germany / Five Marks 1993 - reverse photo Germany / Five Marks 1993 - obverse photo Material: CuproNickel-clad Nickel
Mints:
- Stuttgart Mint: 3,885,000
- Bavarian Central Mint - Munich: 3,425,000
- Hamburg Mint: 3,405,000
- Berlin Mint: 3,245,000
- Karlsruhe Mint: 2,285,000
Total Mintage: 16,245,000
Five Marks 1994 Germany / Five Marks 1994 - reverse photo Germany / Five Marks 1994 - obverse photo Material: CuproNickel-clad Nickel
Mints:
- Stuttgart Mint: 4,845,000
- Bavarian Central Mint - Munich: 4,245,000
- Hamburg Mint: 4,245,000
- Berlin Mint: 4,045,000
- Karlsruhe Mint: 2,845,000
Total Mintage: 20,225,000
Five Marks 1995 (mint sets only) Germany / Five Marks 1995 (mint sets only) - reverse photo Germany / Five Marks 1995 (mint sets only) - obverse photo Material: CuproNickel-clad Nickel
Mints:
- Berlin Mint: 65,000
- Bavarian Central Mint - Munich: 65,000
- Stuttgart Mint: 65,000
- Karlsruhe Mint: 65,000
- Hamburg Mint: 65,000
Total Mintage: 325,000
Five Marks 1996 (mint sets only) Germany / Five Marks 1996 (mint sets only) - reverse photo Germany / Five Marks 1996 (mint sets only) - obverse photo Material: CuproNickel-clad Nickel
Mints:
- Berlin Mint: 95,000
- Bavarian Central Mint - Munich: 95,000
- Stuttgart Mint: 95,000
- Karlsruhe Mint: 95,000
- Hamburg Mint: 95,000
Total Mintage: 475,000
Five Marks 1997 (mint sets only) Germany / Five Marks 1997 (mint sets only) - reverse photo Germany / Five Marks 1997 (mint sets only) - obverse photo Material: CuproNickel-clad Nickel
Mints:
- Berlin Mint: 115,000
- Bavarian Central Mint - Munich: 115,000
- Stuttgart Mint: 115,000
- Karlsruhe Mint: 115,000
- Hamburg Mint: 115,000
Total Mintage: 575,000
Five Marks 1998 (mint sets only) Germany / Five Marks 1998 (mint sets only) - reverse photo Germany / Five Marks 1998 (mint sets only) - obverse photo Material: CuproNickel-clad Nickel
Mints:
- Berlin Mint: 115,000
- Bavarian Central Mint - Munich: 115,000
- Stuttgart Mint: 115,000
- Karlsruhe Mint: 115,000
- Hamburg Mint: 115,000
Total Mintage: 575,000
Five Marks 1999 (mint sets only) Germany / Five Marks 1999 (mint sets only) - reverse photo Germany / Five Marks 1999 (mint sets only) - obverse photo Material: CuproNickel-clad Nickel
Mints:
- Berlin Mint: 115,000
- Bavarian Central Mint - Munich: 115,000
- SMBW - Stuttgart: 115,000
- SMBW - Karlsruhe: 115,000
- Hamburg Mint: 115,000
Total Mintage: 575,000
Five Marks 2000 (mint sets only) Germany / Five Marks 2000 (mint sets only) - reverse photo Germany / Five Marks 2000 (mint sets only) - obverse photo Material: CuproNickel-clad Nickel
Mints:
- Berlin Mint: 115,000
- Bavarian Central Mint - Munich: 115,000
- SMBW - Stuttgart: 115,000
- SMBW - Karlsruhe: 115,000
- Hamburg Mint: 115,000
Total Mintage: 575,000
Five Marks 2001 (mint sets only) Germany / Five Marks 2001 (mint sets only) - reverse photo Germany / Five Marks 2001 (mint sets only) - obverse photo Material: CuproNickel-clad Nickel
Mints:
- Berlin Mint: 208,000
- Bavarian Central Mint - Munich: 208,000
- SMBW - Stuttgart: 208,000
- SMBW - Karlsruhe: 208,000
- Hamburg Mint: 208,000
Total Mintage: 1,040,000
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Five Marks: Details
CountryGermany
CurrencyDeutsche Mark
Sub-types Five Marks, Silver
Five Marks, Nickel
From1951
To2001
Face Value5 (x Mark)
CurrentNo (demonetised 2002)
Material
Designer
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size
Mass
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