PHOTOS: Minting of Croatian euro coins begins

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Minting of Croatian euro coins begins

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ZAGREB, July 18, 2022 – The Croatian Mint today officially marked the start of production of euro coins with the Croatian national side, the Croatian National Bank said in a statement.

The Prime Minister of the Republic of Croatia, Andrej Plenković, and the Governor of the Croatian National Bank, Boris Vujčić, accompanied by Damir Bolta, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Croatian Mint, visited the facilities where they are manufactured. and learn the euro coins about the minting process.

Minting of Croatian euro coins begins

(Photo: HNB)

After the Council of the European Union took a formal decision last week on Croatia’s entry into the euro area on January 1, 2023, the production of Croatian euro coins is the start of a key activity for the implementation of the introduction of the euro and the replenishment of cash.

The timely production and early delivery of the necessary amounts of Croatian euro coins to banks, so that they can then indirectly supply business entities such as shops and restaurants, is an important step in the process of substituting available money. which will ensure that citizens will pay the new currency unit bills without difficulty from the first day of the introduction of the euro, the Croatian National Bank said.

Minting of Croatian euro coins begins

(Photo: HNB)

Minting of Croatian euro coins begins

(Photo: HNB)

To achieve these goals, the Croatian National Bank will prepare some 3,700 tons of euro coins (the weight is approximately equal to the weight of 88 new Zagreb trams or 94 modern passenger planes used by Croatia Airlines) in order to pre-supply banks with euro coins, and the Mint, in an extremely short period of less than six months, will have to produce a large part of that number of euro coins.

Minting of Croatian euro coins begins

(Photo: HNB)

“We are carrying out the process of introducing the euro in a serious, structured and systematic way, and I am taking the opportunity to thank everyone who contributed to Croatia’s path to membership in the euro zone. We are continuing activities that will ensure the timely exchange of cash throughout Croatia before and after joining the euro zone, and an integral part of this is the minting of euro and cent coins with the Croatian national side,” said the first Minister Andrej Plenković, before adding

Minting of Croatian euro coins begins

(Photo: HNB)

“The Croatian Mint was founded in 1993 as the Croatian Monetary Institute and was one of the important pillars in the construction of the national identity. Today, almost 30 years since its foundation, the Croatian Mint will mint Croatian euro coins and thus, along with promoting Croatian symbols throughout Europe, will participate in the historical process in which Croatia enters the club of most developed member states of the European Union. Union, for the benefit of our citizens and our economy”.

Minting of Croatian euro coins begins

(Photo: HNB)

“The introduction of the euro, with all its aspects, is also a great logistics undertaking, the successful implementation of which guarantees the supply of euro cash and the smooth development of payment transactions in the country. The exchange of cash is a very important event for each country and its monetary system, and I can say that it is one of the most logistically complex projects in Croatia at the moment.

Minting of Croatian euro coins begins

(Photo: HNB)

I would like to take this opportunity to thank the citizens and all those involved in the selection of the national motifs and their implementation in the euro coins, as well as all those involved in the current important logistics operation. A special thanks to the employees of the mint, to whom I wish the successful realization of all business goals on behalf of the professional and management services of the Croatian National Bank and on my own behalf.

Minting of Croatian euro coins begins

(Photo: HNB)

May our Croatian euro coins sail happily and successfully through the European monetary sea; with which we will turn another symbol of Croatian participation in the European project into a monetary reality”, said Governor Vujčić.

Minting of Croatian euro coins begins

(Photo: HNB)

coin design

The €1 coin features a motif of a kuna (marten) with a chessboard in the background on the Croatian national side. The €2 coin features a map of Croatia and the words about freedom from the famous work Dubravka by Ivan Gundulić. The 50, 20 and 10 cent coins feature Nikola Tesla on the Croatian national side, while the two and one cent coins feature an image of Glagolitic script.

Minting of Croatian euro coins begins

(Photo: HNB)

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