Tina P. writes: We found a coin that is dated 1896, it has a 5 in center with deutsches reich 1896 on the top part of circle, and pfennig on the bottom. The other side has what appears to be an ornate eagle/bird with a ribbon banner at the top. No lettering on that side that one can tell.
You have a 1896 Germany 5 pfennig (100 pfennig=1 Mark). The coin was struck at 6 different mints and are represented by a single letter on the coin, A (Berlin), D (Munich), E (Dresden), F (Stuttgart), G (Karlsruhe) or J (Hamburg). Only the “G” mint is scarce. Average circulated pieces bring about US 10 cents. The “G” mint from $5-$20.