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Deutsche Mark banknotes & coins

Euro Coin Exchange will exchange German (Deutsche mark) paper money and coins for dollars. Specifically, we buy most 1948-99 German currency, including any of the banknotes and coins 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)
  • Federal coins denominated in Deutsche Mark or Pfennig

We now buy pre-euro German coins, too! We will buy almost every German banknote and coin 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. At the very bottom of the page you can find pictures of the coins we will buy.

IMPORTANT! We do not buy banknotes or coins that were 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 and coins from the former Soviet occupation zone and the German Democratic Republic (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
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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
feature details
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
feature details
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
feature details
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
feature details
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
feature details
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?

 

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

1 Pfennig coins

1 Pf Obverse

2 Pfennig coins

2 Pf Reverse2 Pf Obverse

5 Pfennig coins

5 Pf Reverse5 Pf Obverse

10 Pfennig coins

10 Pf Reverse10 Pf Obverse

50 Pfennig coins

50 Pf Reverse50 Pf Obverse

1 DM coins

1 DM reverse1 DM obverse

2 DM coins

2 DM reverse2 DM obverse 2 DM reverse2 DM Adenauer2 DM Brandt2 DM Erhard2 DM Heuss 2 DM Planck2 DM Schumacher2 DM Strauss

5 DM coins

5 DM Reverse5 DM Obverse5 DM Reverse5 DM Obverse

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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).