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Cash management

Confidence in a currency is rooted in cash. In Germany, it is the Bundesbank’s task to provide an adequate supply of high-quality euro banknotes and coins at all times. The Bundesbank provides retailers and banks with cash, withdraws counterfeit money from circulation and replaces damaged coins and banknotes.


€5 collectors' coin "Planet Earth"; © Bundesamt für zentrale Dienste und offene Vermögensfragen (BADV) / Photographer: Hans-Jürgen Fuchs, Stuttgart /Artist: Stefan Klein und Olaf Neumann, Iserlohn

The €5 collectors' coin "Planet Earth" featuring a blue ring makes its global debut

The German government has decided to mint a €5 collectors' coin with the motif "Planet Earth", to be issued on 14 April. The coin comprises three components: An outer ring, an inner core (pill) made from base metal and an embossable blue polymer ring inserted between the ring and the core. The polymer ring is translucent and thus partially see-through. Thanks to this feature, the €5 coin is the very first of its kind worldwide.


€20 collector coin: "Nelly Sachs"

€20 collectors' coin commemorating Nelly Sachs' 125th birthday

The German government has decided to mint a €20 collectors' coin honouring Nelly Sachs' 125th birthday. Scheduled to be issued on the 7 April 2016, the coin commemorates the first and only female German winner of the Nobel prize for Literature to date.


20 euro banknote, second series

The new €20 banknote

The new €20 banknote provides for even greater security in cash payments. Its new security feature - a window in the hologram stripe - would be very difficult to forge, says Bundesbank Executive Board member Carl-Ludwig Thiele. The new banknote was launched on the 25th of November.


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Questionnaire on euro banknote quality

The European Central Bank is interested in your opinion on the quality of euro banknotes. You can participate in the online questionnaire here.


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Survey on banknote quality  

Foto shows survey questionnaire

The European Central Bank and the national central banks of the euro area are working together to ensure that the euro banknotes in circulation are of the best possible quality. Your feedback is essential to help us achieve this goal.

Exchanging DM for euro  

Exchanging DM for euro in a Deutsche Bundesbank branch © Frank Rumpenhorst / Bundesbank

You can exchange unlimited amounts of DM banknotes and coins for euro indefinitely and free of charge at all Deutsche Bundesbank branches.