Pictures archive of German notes and coins
We offer the most frequently requested parts of the collection in high-resolution images of German payment media. These images are free of charge.
Should these images be published we request that you state ''Deutsche Bundesbank, Frankfurt am Main'' as the official location.
- Banknotes issued by the Reichsbank 1924 - 1945
- Allied Military Currency 1944
- Banknotes issued by the Bank deutscher Länder
- Banknotes of the "BBk I/Ia" series
- Banknotes of the "BBk II" series for western Germany
- Banknotes of the "BBk II" series for West Berlin
- Banknotes of the "BBk III/IIIa" series
- Banknotes issued by the German Democratic Republic
- Coins issued by the Bank deutscher Länder
- Coins issued by the Federal Republic of Germany
- Coins issued by the German Democratic Republic
Since D-Mark banknotes of all series are no longer legal tender, the restrictions imposed by section 128 of the Act on Breaches of Administrative Regulations (Gesetz über Ordnungswidrigkeiten - OWiG), the provisions in criminal law concerning the protection of monetary tokens pursuant to section 146 et seq of the German Criminal Code (Strafgesetzbuch - StGB) as well as any regulations derived from them in respect of the size, resolution, identification requirement or similar for the reproduction of such banknotes are no longer applicable.
Under criminal and administrative law, they are therefore generally freely reproducible. As there is still a considerable return flow of D-Mark banknotes to us and owing to the observable fact that they continue to be accepted in some business transactions, we would nevertheless be grateful if the D-Mark banknotes reproductions prepared by you were to differ from the original D-Mark banknotes so that
- the dimensions are somewhat larger or smaller than those of the original banknotes
- no security features (watermark, security thread, ultraviolet image, any foil element) are imitated
- the paper quality used is different in thickness and feel
- the image and print resolution is poorer than that of genuine banknotes
- any possibility of being mistaken for genuine banknotes is further reduced by means of other modifications/variations
- if possible, no double-sided reproductions are produced.
Questions and answers on exchanging historic banknotes may be found under the section on cash.