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10th anniversary of Národná banka Slovenska and the Slovak currency

Set of commemorative coins with the motifs of Slovak banknotes

Money set

On 1st January 1993, the day of the origin of the independent Slovak Republic, the National Bank of Slovakia was established and began to fulfill the roles of the central bank. One of the most urgent tasks was to prepare the new Slovak currency, the Slovak crown, in a very short time. The first banknote, of nominal value fifty crowns, was put into circulation on 30th August 1993, and the banknotes with other face values gradually followed.

All seven Slovak banknotes were designed by the academic painter Jozef Bubak. Their artistic conception is based on a combination of modern and traditional banknote design combined with a high level of technical protection of the banknotes against counterfeiting. The obverse sides bear portraits of the most important personalities, who were active in the territory of present-day Slovakia during more than a thousand years of history and substantially contributed to the formation of the Slovak nation. The reverse sides bear places and motifs connected with their lives and activities. An exception is the hundred crown note with the motif of the Madonna from the workshop of Master Paul of Levoca.

Designs of the Coins

20 Sk

Obverse Reverse
The obverse bears a portrait of the first known Slavonic ruler in the territory of Slovakia, Prince Pribina (about 800-861). The Principality of Nitra probably originated around the year 800, in an area roughly corresponding to that of present-day Slovakia. Pribina had a church built at Nitra, the capital of the principality. It is the first known Christian church in Slovakia. About 833, Prince Mojmir of the neighbouring Principality of Moravia expelled Pribina and added Nitra to his dominions. In 838-839, Pribina acquired property around Lake Balaton as a fief of the Frankish Empire, created an extensive principality and did much to spread Christianity in the area.
Nitra Castle is depicted on the reverse. It bears witness to the rich past of the town of Nitra, from early times a uniquely important strategic place and the natural centre of the region. The design repeatedly overlaps with part of a 9th century bead necklace with a bronze moon-shaped pendant from the archaeological site of Nitra-Lupka.

50 Sk

Obverse Reverse
The obverse side is devoted to the bringers of Christianity to the Slavs: Saints Constantine – Cyril (827-869) and Methodius (814-885). The Byzantine Emperor Michael III sent them to Great Moravia at the request of Prince Rastislav, who desired to establish a separate ecclesiastical organization in his principality and to ensure the spreading of Christianity in a language comprehensible to the people. Constantine had already created a Slavonic alphabet and translated the most essential liturgical texts into Old Slavonic before their arrival. The two brothers developed multifaceted activities in the fields of religious teaching, organization and culture. They established a school for training priests, which became a centre of culture, education and literature. In 868, they gained the approval of Pope Hadrian II for the Slavonic liturgy, and the Old Slavonic language was placed on the same level as the established cultural languages: Latin, Greek and Hebrew.
The reverse side bears the motif of two hands with the first seven letters of the Old Slavonic Glagolitic alphabet between them as a symbol of the gift of the saints to the Old Slavs and the silhouette of the medieval church at Drazovce as a symbol of early Christianity in our territory.

100 Sk

Obverse Reverse
A portrait of the Madonna based on a Gothic sculpture from the Altar of the Nativity in the parish church of St.James at Levoca appears on the obverse. The altar was made by Master Paul of Levoca (about 1470-1540), the most important representative of Late Gothic sculpture in Slovakia. Master Paul established and headed his own woodcarving workshop at Levoca, and employed several important carvers. The workshop produced sculptures found in various churches in eastern Slovakia and at Banska Bystrica. His most important work is the main altar of the parish church of St.James at Levoca. With a height of 18.62 m, it is the tallest original Gothic winged-altar in the world.
The dominant architectural features of the town of Levoca – the Gothic church of St.James and the Renaissance town hall are depicted on the reverse. They overlap with a vault of the sacristy of the old Franciscan Church of Levoca.

200 Sk

Obverse Reverse
The motif on the obverse side is a portrait of the priest and linguist Anton Bernolak (1762-1813), one of the leading representatives of the Slovak national revival and a supporter of the Enlightenment. He gained a place in Slovak history as the first codifier of standard written Slovak – the so-called “Bernolakovcina” based on cultured western Slovak. Although Bernolak’s version was not accepted as the standard written language, it represents an important milestone on the route to the formation of the modern Slovak nation. He was the instigator of the literary publication society, the Slovenske ucene tovarisstvo (Slovak Learned Society), which distributed educational books in the new codified Slovak among the Slovak public, and of the movement carried on by his successors, which lasted three generations.
The reverse bears a view of Trnava in the 18th century, with a present-day view of the symbol of the town – the Renaissance town tower – placed in the foreground.

500 Sk

Obverse Reverse
The politician and linguist Ludovit Stur (1815-1856), one of the most important representatives of the Slovak nation in the 19th century appears on the obverse. He was the leading personality among the nationally conscious youth, who later played an important part in applying the programme of Slovak national identity under his leadership. In 1843, together with Michal Miloslav Hodza and Jozef Miloslav Hurban, he established a new standard written language for the Slovaks based on central Slovak dialects. It became an integrating factor in the creation of modern Slovak national and civil society. In 1848, he presided over an assembly of Slovak patriots at Liptovsky Sväty Mikulas, where the Demands of the Slovak Nation were declared. The Slovaks demanded federalization and democratization of the Kingdom of Hungary and autonomy for Slovakia. He was one of the organizers and participants in the Slovak Uprising of 1848-1849, the first armed campaign by the Slovaks for recognition of their national identity, and for civil rights and freedoms.
The reverse bears an image of Bratislava Castle with the Baroque church of St.Nicholas and part of the tower of the Gothic Klarisky Church. The oldest plan of Bratislava – a 15th century wood engraving from the Chronica Picta – is placed in the centre.

1 000 Sk

Obverse Reverse
A portrait of the Christian politician Andrej Hlinka (1864-1938) is placed on the obverse. He was an important personality in modern Slovak history, who significantly influenced the development of national consciousness and socio-political movement in Slovakia. As a member of the leadership of the Slovak National Party and from 1913 as leader of the Slovak People’s Party, he severely criticized the social and nationality policy of the Hungarian government. In the revolutionary months of 1918, he supported the origin of a Czechoslovak state and secession from the Austro-Hungarian Monarchy. However, after the formation of the Czechoslovak Republic he criticized the disappearance of Slovak representative institutions and the failure to solve the constitutional position of Slovakia in the joint republic. The demand for Slovak autonomy had the first place in the party programmes he promoted as a member of parliament. Thanks to its national and Christian orientation, his party became the largest in Slovakia.
The central motif on the reverse is the Madonna Protector from a medieval wall painting in the Roman Catholic Church at Liptovske Sliace near Ruzomberok. A picture of the Roman Catholic church of St.Andrew at Ruzomberok and the mausoleum of A. Hlinka in the same town fill the left part.

5 000 Sk

Obverse Reverse
The obverse is devoted to Milan Rastislav Stefanik (1880-1919), politician, diplomat, astronomer and one of the creators of the Czechoslovak Republic. He worked as an astronomer in France and after the outbreak of the First World War, he became a pilot in the French Army, in which he achieved the rank of general. He was one of the leading representatives of the Czecho-Slovak exile struggle for the break up of Austria-Hungary and the creation of an independent state for the Czechs and Slovaks. In 1915, he began to cooperate with Tomas Garrigue Masaryk and Edvard Benes. They jointly established the Czecho-Slovak National Council in Paris. When the independent Czechoslovak Republic was established in October 1918, Stefanik became minister for war in the first Czechoslovak government. In January 1919, he returned to Paris, where he participated in the peace talks. Upon his return to Slovakia, he died tragically in a plane crash. Stefanik’s portrait is supplemented by artistic elements depicting the Sun, a half-Moon and a comet, which recall that he devoted a significant part of his life to research and observation in astronomy.
The monument over the grave of Stefanik on Bradlo hill is the main design on the reverse. It overlaps with depictions of part of the Great Bear constellation and two pasqueflowers.

Parameters of the coins

Ag blank
Weight (g)
Au blank
Weight (g)
Weight (g)
20 Sk 27.1 x 50.6 24.48 24.48
50 Sk 28.2 x 52.8 26.63 26.63
100 Sk 29.3 x 55.0 28.87 28.87
200 Sk 30.4 x 57.2 31.21 31.21
500 Sk 31.5 x 59.4 33.63 33.63
1000 Sk 32.6 x 61.6 43.91 0.280 44.190
5000 Sk 33.4 x 63.8 46.65 0.594
Authors of relief transcription
of the banknotes:
obverse sides: Stefan Novotny
reverse sides: Maria Poldaufova
Gross weight of the metal in the set:
235.38 g 1.244 g
Ag 925/1000 Au 999/1000
Net weight of precious metals in the set:
217.7265 g Ag
(7 oz Ag)
1.244 g Au
(1/25 oz Au)
Edge: smooth
Producer: Kremnica Mint
Number of pieces minted: 6,000 sets
Quality: proof
Date of issue: 19. 12. 2003