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Exchanging DM for euro

Exchanging DM for euro in a Deutsche Bundesbank branch © Frank Rumpenhorst / Bundesbank (Source: 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.

Below you will find a link to the branches and their opening hours under “Internal links”.

In certain cases, foreign banknotes and coins may be exchanged in their country of origin (see “Foreign banknotes and coins”).

The official exchange rate is set at EUR 1 for DEM 1.95583.

We accept the following banknotes and coins for exchange.

  • Banknotes issued by the Bank deutscher Länder (BdL)
  • Bundesbank banknotes and
  • Federal coins denominated in Deutsche Mark or Pfennig

We no longer accept the following banknotes and coins for exchange.

  • 50 Mark BdL note II (green), issued in 1948

    You may submit this banknote together with an application for reimbursement to the Deutsche Bundesbank’s National Analysis Centre at the Regional Office in Rhineland-Palatinate and Saarland or to any other Bundesbank branch.

  • DM 2 coin, first issue (minting date 1951)
  • Banknotes and coins issued prior to 20 June 1948

We also accept DM banknotes and coins submitted for exchange by post. We must emphasise, however, that submissions made by post carry substantially higher risks and if you choose to send cash in this manner, you do so at your own risk. Information on deliveries permissible in Germany and abroad can only be obtained from the relevant delivery companies.

Given the potential risk of manipulation on the dispatch route, we kindly ask you to use non-resealable packaging and to refrain from using address labels as these could, for example, conceal a cut. The sender must be specified on the envelope. 

Any DM cash that you wish to submit by post can be sent to the Bundesbank’s Mainz branch directly. The Deutsche Bundesbank will not send any written confirmation about the receipt of individual shipments, except the type of shipment requires it. We appreciate your understanding that because of the rush of orders we need for processing approximately twenty business days. Within this time period the Deutsche Bundesbank will not answer any requests for the duration of processing. We kindly ask for your patience and your understanding.

If you wish to send us DM cash with an equivalent value of €1,000 (≈ DM1,955.33) or more, please contact us in advance by telephone or e-mail. We will then let you know what information and documentation we initially require to process your application.

Please send us

  • a completed version of the “Exchange DM-EUR” application form (see “Downloads”)
  • the cash you wish to exchange

The equivalent in euro of the DM cash established by the Bundesbank will be paid out using the method of payment indicated in the “Exchange DM-EUR” application form. This form can be filled out on screen and then printed out.The completed form cannot be saved.

The Deutsche Bundesbank will only issue a notification in writing if the exchange application cannot be processed, or only partially processed.


Please complete the form online and then print it out. It is not possible to save the completed form as a file.

Application for reimbursement

Additional information


Mainz branch
Postfach 30 09
55020 Mainz


Mainz branch

+49 6131 377-200

+49 6131 320-163