Obverse. Photo © Catawiki
  • 5 Reichsmark 1934-1935, KM# 83, Germany, Nazi (Third Reich), Potsdam Garrison Church
  • 5 Reichsmark 1934-1935, KM# 83, Germany, Nazi (Third Reich), Potsdam Garrison Church

Initially this silver coin was intended to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the Potsdam Garrison Church. Instead Hitler turned it into a first anniversary celebration of Nazi rule.

This is the largest denomination silver coin struck by the Third Reich. When the Allies defeated the Germans in 1945, anything bearing Nazi symbols was destroyed, adding to the scarcity of these coins.


The reverse bears Weimar coat of arms, two small swastikas below the issue date, and the name of country.

Nazi Germany used the Weimar coat of arms until 1935. The Weimar Republic (1918–1933), retained the Reichsadler (German for "Imperial Eagle") without the symbols of the former Monarchy (Crown, Collar, Breast shield with the Prussian Arms). This left the black eagle with one head, facing to the right, with open wings but closed feathers, with a red beak, tongue and claws and white highlighting.

The republican Reichsadler is based on the Reichsadler introduced by the Paulskirche Constitution of 1849, which was decided by the German National Assembly in Frankfurt upon Main, at the peak of the German civic movement demanding parliamentary participation and the unification of the German states.

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5 Reichsmark


The obverse features the front elevation of the Postsdam Garrison Church, also known as the Potsdam Military Church. The church was built by Prussian King Friedrich Wilhelm I between 1730 and 1735. At the start of the Third Reich in 1933 there was a ceremonial handshake between President Paul von Hindenburg and the new Chancellor Adolf Hitler on 21 March 1933 in Potsdam's Garnisonkirche (Garrison Church). This symbolised a coalition of the military (Reichswehr) and Nazism. The church was destroyed by fire on April 14, 1945, just two weeks before Hitler committed suicide.



Translation: Common good takes priority over self-interest.


5 Reichsmark

Potsdam Garrison Church

KM# 83
Type Commemorative Issue (Circulating)
Material Silver
Fineness 0.9
Weight 13.88 g
Diameter 29 mm
Thickness -
Shape round
Alignment Medal
Bavarian Central Mint (D)
Berlin State Mint (A)
Hamburg Mint (J)
Karlsruhe State Mint (G)
Muldenhütten Mint (E)
Stuttgart State Mint (F)

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