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Deutsche Mark banknotes

Euro Coin Exchange will buy your German (Deutsche mark) paper money for dollars. Specifically, we purchase all 1948-99 German paper currency, including any of the banknotes listed below:

  • Banknotes from the Bank deutscher Länder (BdL) – with the exception of the 50 Mark BdL note II (green), issued in 1948 (exchange stopped on 15 March 1951)
  • Bundesbank banknotes (banknote series BBk I/Ia and III/IIIa)

We will buy almost every German banknote issued since 1948. Images of some commonly found German banknotes appear below. Toward the bottom of the page you will find links to images of some older series Deutsche Marks.

IMPORTANT! We do not buy banknotes issued prior to 20 June 1948. There are many German notes in circulation which were issued between 1900 and the early 1940’s, some with huge face values (up to a Billion Marks!) Most of these notes have little or no value and we cannot exchange them for you. Also, we do not accept banknotes or coins from the former Soviet occupation zone and the German Democratic Republic (“Deutsche Demokratische Republik” or DDR = the former East Germany), as these can no longer be exchanged or redeemed. Click here for some pictures which will help you identify DDR notes and coins.

Hint: Although we WILL NOT BUY the 50 Mark BdL notes mentioned above, they can be submitted together with an application for reimbursement (only available in German) to the National Analysis Centre at the Bundesbank’s Mainz Regional Office or to any other Bundesbank branch. Contact us for details.

Images of some common pre-euro German banknotes which we will buy:

5 DM banknotes, BBK3 series

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Details of the 5 DM banknote
feature details
Color Greenish-yellow
Size 122 x 62mm
Front side Bettina von Armin (1785-1859), writer. In the background, a picture of Wiepesdorf castle and historic buildings of Berlin.
Reverse side Brandenburg Gate
First issued 27 October 1992

10 DM banknotes, BBK3 series

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Details of the 10 DM banknote
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Color Bluish-violet
Size 130 x 65mm
Front side Carl Friedrich Gauss (1777-1855), mathematician, astronomer, geodesist and physicist. In the background, buildings from historic Göttingen.
Reverse side A sextant, like the one Gauss used for measuring.
First issued 16 April 1991

20 DM banknotes, BBK3 series

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Details of the 20 DM banknote
feature details
Color Bluish-green
Size 138 x 68mm
Front side Annette von Droste-Hülshoff (1797-1848), poet. In the background, historic buildings of the town of Meersburg.
Reverse side A quill and a Beech Tree, referred to in Annette von Droste-Hülshoff’s short novel “Die Judenbuche” (Jews’ Beech Tree).
First issued 30 March 1992

50 DM banknotes, BBK3 series

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Details of the 50 DM banknote
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Color Olive brown
Size 146 x 71mm
Front side Balthasar Neumann (1687-1753), baroque architect. In the background, historic buildings from the town of Würzburg.
Reverse side Partial view of the stairway of the Würzburg residence and side-view of the St Benedict abbey church in Neresheim.
First issued 02 February 1998

100 DM banknotes, BBK3 series

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Details of the 100 DM banknote
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Color Reddish-blue
Size 154 x 74mm
Front side Clara Schumann (1819-1896), pianist and composer. In the background, buildings from historic Leipzig.
Reverse side A grand piano and the Hoch Conservatorium in Frankfurt where Clara Schumann taught for four years.
First issued 01 August 1997

200 DM banknotes, BBK3 series

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Details of the 200 DM banknote
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Color Red-orange
Size 162 x 77mm
Front side Paul Ehrlich (1854-1915), doctor and serologist. In the background, historic buildings from the city of Frankfurt.
Reverse side A microscope, used frequently by Paul Ehrlich in his work.
First issued 01 August 1997

500 DM banknotes, BBK3 series

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Details of the 500 DM banknote
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Color Red-purple
Size 170 x 80mm
Front side Maria Sibylla Merian (1647-1717), painter, copper engraver and natural scientist. In the background, buildings from historical Nuremburg.
Reverse side A dandelion, with the caterpillar and butterfly of the Pale Tussock Moth.
First issued 27 October 1992

1000 DM banknotes, BBK3 series

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Details of the 1000 DM banknote
feature details
Color Reddish-brown
Size 178 x 83mm
Front side Wilhelm (1786-1859) and Jacob Grimm (1785-1863), linguists and collectors of German folklore. In the background, historic buildings from the city of Kassel.
Reverse side The “German dictionary” and the “Royal Library” in Berlin, one of the domains of the Grimm Brothers.
First issued 27 October 1992

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Where can I obtain pictures of Deutsche Mark banknotes of earlier series which you will buy?

  • Banknotes issued by the Bank deutscher Länder
  • Banknotes of the 1st series issued by the Deutsche Bundesbank (oldest)
  • Banknotes issued by the Deutsche Bundesbank (1960’s, 1970’s etc.)
  • We no longer purchase German coins, but you can find pictures of commonly-encountered German coins issued between 1948 and 2000 here.

 

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Images and related banknote information courtesy of Deutsche Bundesbank, the Central Bank of the Federal Republic of Germany (copyright: Deutsche Bundesbank, Frankfurt am Main, Germany).