Five Marks, Nickel, Coin Type from Germany - detailed information

Five Marks, Nickel, Coin Type from Germany (issued 1975 - 2001)
Coin TypeFive Marks, Nickel

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 coins were initially made of silver but this was later changed to these three-layered coins with CuproNickel outer layer and a Nickel core (which makes the coins magnetic), which also had a new design. There was also an extensive series of commemorative 5 Marks coins (listed separately).

The nickel coins were struck between 1975 and 2001 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 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.

Germany / Five Marks, Nickel - obverse photo

The obverse of the coin depicts, 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.

Below that is the date: [year].

Below the date, a small letter indicates which mint struck the coin.

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

At centre, the numeral of the value 5 is 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 ·, meaning Federal Republic of Germany.

Around below, the denomination DEUTSCHE MARK (German Mark).

EdgeInscribed (incuse lettering)Edge InscriptionEINIGKEIT UND RECHT UND FREIHEIT
Coin Type: Five Marks, Nickel - (27) Coins
Coin NameMintageSymbolLegend
Five Marks 1975 251,506,000 Federal Eagle of Germany 1975
Five Marks 1976 30,917,000 Federal Eagle of Germany 1976
Five Marks 1977 32,460,000 Federal Eagle of Germany 1977
Five Marks 1978 30,432,000 Federal Eagle of Germany 1978
Five Marks 1979 30,712,000 Federal Eagle of Germany 1979
Five Marks 1980 32,380,000 Federal Eagle of Germany 1980
Five Marks 1981 32,264,000 Federal Eagle of Germany 1981
Five Marks 1982 34,602,000 Federal Eagle of Germany 1982
Five Marks 1983 24,300,000 Federal Eagle of Germany 1983
Five Marks 1984 23,256,000 Federal Eagle of Germany 1984
Five Marks 1985 19,219,000 Federal Eagle of Germany 1985
Five Marks 1986 19,176,000 Federal Eagle of Germany 1986
Five Marks 1987 26,180,000 Federal Eagle of Germany 1987
Five Marks 1988 46,180,000 Federal Eagle of Germany 1988
Five Marks 1989 66,180,000 Federal Eagle of Germany 1989
Five Marks 1990 80,580,000 Federal Eagle of Germany 1990
Five Marks 1991 90,225,000 Federal Eagle of Germany 1991
Five Marks 1992 80,225,000 Federal Eagle of Germany 1992
Five Marks 1993 16,245,000 Federal Eagle of Germany 1993
Five Marks 1994 20,225,000 Federal Eagle of Germany 1994
Five Marks 1995 (mint sets only) 325,000 Federal Eagle of Germany 1995
Five Marks 1996 (mint sets only) 475,000 Federal Eagle of Germany 1996
Five Marks 1997 (mint sets only) 575,000 Federal Eagle of Germany 1997
Five Marks 1998 (mint sets only) 575,000 Federal Eagle of Germany 1998
Five Marks 1999 (mint sets only) 575,000 Federal Eagle of Germany 1999
Five Marks 2000 (mint sets only) 575,000 Federal Eagle of Germany 2000
Five Marks 2001 (mint sets only) 1,040,000 Federal Eagle of Germany 2001
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Five Marks, Nickel: Details
CurrencyDeutsche Mark
Sub-type ofFive Marks
Face Value5 (x Mark)
CurrentNo (demonetised 2002)
MaterialCuproNickel-clad Nickel
DesignerWolfgang Doehm
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size29.000 mm
Thickness10.000 mm
Mass2.070 g