• 5 Deutsche Mark 1975, KM# 141, Germany, Federal Republic, 50th Anniversary of Death of Friedrich Ebert
  • 5 Deutsche Mark 1975, KM# 141, Germany, Federal Republic, 50th Anniversary of Death of Friedrich Ebert
Description

Friedrich Ebert (1871–1925) was a German politician of the Social Democratic Party of Germany (SPD) and the first President of Germany from 1919 until his death in office in 1925.

Ebert was a pivotal figure in the German Revolution of 1918–19. When Germany became a republic at the end of World War I, he became its first chancellor. His policies at that time were primarily aimed at restoring peace and order in Germany and containing the more extreme elements of the revolutionary left. In order to accomplish these goals, he allied himself with conservative and nationalistic political forces, in particular the leadership of the military under General Wilhelm Groener and the right wing Freikorps. With their help, Ebert's government crushed a number of socialist and communist uprisings as well as those from the right, including the Kapp Putsch. This has made him a controversial historical figure.

Engraver: Reinhart Heinsdorff

Obverse

Depicts Federal Eagle in the centre, surrounded by the country name, facial value, mint mark and issue date.

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.

DEUTSCHE 5 MARK J
BUNDESREPUBLIK DEUTSCHLAND · 1975

Reverse

Depicts head of Friedrich Ebert, his names and dates of his birth and death.

FRIEDRICH EBERT
1871 - 1925

Edge

Depicts the motto (People's well-being is a goal of my work) on the tombstone of Friedrich Ebert.

DES VOLKES WOHL IST MEINER ARBEIT ZIEL

5 Deutsche Mark

50th Anniversary of Death of Friedrich Ebert

KM# 141 Schön# 140 Jaeger# 416
Characteristics
Type Commemorative Issue (Non-circulating)
Material Silver
Fineness 0.625
Weight 11.2 g
Diameter 29 mm
Thickness 2.07 mm
Shape round
Alignment Medal
Mint
Hamburg Mint (J)

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