Description

Denomination within rounded square therefore nicknamed TV-Fives.

Engraver: Wolfgang Theodor Doehm

Obverse

Facial value in a square with rounded corners.

·BUNDESREPUBLIK DEUTSCHLAND·
5
DEUTSCHE MARK

Reverse

The coat of arms of Germany displays a black eagle with red feet, beak and tongue on a golden field. This is the Bundesadler or "Federal Eagle", formerly the Reichsadler or "Imperial Eagle". It is a re-introduction of the coat of arms of the Weimar Republic (in use 1919–1935) adopted by the Federal Republic of Germany in 1950. The current official design is due to Tobias Schwab (1887–1967) and was introduced in 1928.

The German Empire of 1871–1918 had re-introduced the medieval coat of arms of the Holy Roman Emperors, in use during the 13th and 14th centuries (a black single-headed eagle on a golden background), before the emperors adopted the double-headed eagle, beginning with Sigismund of Luxemburg in 1433. The single-headed Prussian Eagle was used as an escutcheon to represent the Prussian Kings as dynasts of the German Empire. The Weimar Republic introduced a version in which the escutcheon and other monarchical symbols were removed.

Different lettering size and different design of claws:
Type A: thick but smaller lettering; long front claw
Type B: thinner but larger lettering; shorter front claw

1983
D

Edge

The "Deutschlandlied" (English: "Song of Germany") has been the national anthem of Germany since 1922. Since World War II and the fall of Nazi Germany, only the third stanza has been used as the national anthem. The stanza's beginning, "Einigkeit und Recht und Freiheit" ("Unity and Justice and Freedom") is considered the unofficial national motto of Germany, and is inscribed on modern German Army belt buckles and the rims of some German coins.

There are two variants for the edge:
- text readable with obverse side up
- text readable with reverse side up

EINIGKEIT UND RECHT UND FREIHEIT

5 Deutsche Mark

KM# 140.1 Jaeger# 415 Schön# 139
Characteristics
Material Cupronickel
Weight 10 g
Diameter 29 mm
Thickness 2.07 mm
Shape round
Alignment Medal
Mints
Bavarian Central Mint (D)
Berlin State Mint (A)
Hamburg Mint (J)
Karlsruhe State Mint (G)
Stuttgart State Mint (F)

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