The Deutsche Mark was the official currency in Western Germany from 1948-1990 replaced by the Euro in 2002. It is commonly referred to as the "Deutschmark" among English-speaking countries, and the "Mark" or "D-Mark" among Germans. Minted from 1951-1979, the German 5 Deutsche Mark Silver Coin was struck in .625 fine silver with a total fine metal content of 0.225 troy ounces.
The German 5 Deutsche Mark carries a legal tender, however, with the introduction of the euro it was forced out of circulation. On December 31, 1998 the Council of the European Union enacted a fixed exchange rate of 1.95583 marks to 1 euro. The Deutsche Bundesbank has since guaranteed the indefinite exchange of Deutsche Mark coins and banknotes into euros at any one of its branches.