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

Five Marks, Silver, Coin Type from Germany (issued 1951 - 1974)
Coin TypeFive Marks, Silver

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 (composition 62.5% silver and 37.5% copper) but this was later changed to three-layered coins with CuproNickel outer layer and a Nickel core and with a new design. There was also an extensive series of commemorative 5 Marks coins (listed separately).

The silver coins were struck by four different mints in parallel:
- Munich Mint - mint mark D
- Stuttgart Mint - mint mark F
- Karlsruhe Mint - mint mark G
- Hamburg Mint - mint mark J

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).

All silver 5 Mark coins were demonetised on 1st August 1975.

Obverse
Germany / Five Marks, Silver - 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.

There is no inscription.

Obverse Inscription (none)
Reverse
Germany / Five Marks, Silver - reverse photo

Within a beaded circle, the reverse features 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).

Reverse Inscription 5 DEUTSCHE MARK + [year] + · BUNDESREPUBLIK DEUTSCHLAND ·
EdgeInscribed (incuse lettering)Edge InscriptionEINIGKEIT UND RECHT UND FREIHEIT
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Five Marks, Silver: Details
CountryGermany
CurrencyDeutsche Mark
Sub-type ofFive Marks
From1951
To1974
Face Value5 (x Mark)
CurrentNo (demonetised 1975)
Material0.625 Silver
DesignerAlbert Holl
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size29.000 mm
Thickness2.070 mm
Mass11.200 g