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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.


50 euro banknote, Europa series

The new €50 banknote

The European Central Bank and the national central banks of the Eurosystem began rolling out a second series of euro banknotes in May 2013. The new €50 banknote will start circulating on 4 April 2017.


€5 collectors' coin 'Planet Earth'

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: 'Ernst Litfass' 200th birthday'

€20 collectors' coin commemorating Ernst Litfass' 200th birthday

The German government decided to mint a €20 collectors' coin on the occasion of Ernst Litfass' 200th birthday, to be issued on 7 July 2016. The coin is in honour of Ernst Theodor Amandus Litfass (1816 - 1874), a printer and publisher, who is best known for inventing the "Litfasssäule", the advertising column named after him.


Survey questionnaire

Survey on banknote quality

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.

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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.