German Federal Republik, 5 Mark 1971

The currency unit of the Democratic Republic of Germany was the mark just as in the Federal Republic of Germany. The design of the DDR mark-coins was a hammer and a sickle within a circlet of corn on the obverse, as suited a "republic of workers and peasants." The reverse of the 5 mark-piece bore the Brandenburg Gate, the landmark of Berlin. At the beginning of the 1960s the Brandenburg Gate had become a symbol for the separation of the worlds of East and West, when a wall had been built between East and West Berlin in 1962: too many refugees had tried to cross the border from East Berlin to the West. And the Brandenburg Gate stood right in the middle of the wall.

Year of issue

1971 n. Chr.

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