Mark der DDR
Mark was the official currency in the German Democratic Republic from 1948–1990. Over this period it had three official names:
- 1948–1964: Deutsche Mark der Deutschen Notenbank (DM)
- 1964–1967: Mark der Deutschen Notenbank (MDN)
- 1967–1990: Mark der Staatsbank der DDR (M)
1948 – provisorial stamps added
1948 – first issue
1955 – second issue
1964 – third issue
5 MDN Alexander von Humboldt
10 MDN Friedrich Schiller
20 MDN Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
100 MDN Karl Marx
1971/1974 – fourth issue
These images depict the series of notes issued in the 1970s and 1980s.
1985 – not issued
The 200 and 500 Mark notes were never issued by the DDR government, but became available after the currency ceased to circulate in 1990.
1948–1950 – first issue
The coins of the first issue showed a gearwheal and a spike on their back side.
1952–1953 – second issue
The second issue showed the state seal on their back, but had the same front side as the first series.
1956/…–1990 – third issue
The third issue was redesigned. New coins were gradually produced, starting 1956. In 1972 on the 1 and 2 Mark coins “Deutsche Mark” was replaced by “Mark”. All back sides show the state seal.