25 June 2021 marks the 30th anniversary of independence in Croatia. In 1991, barely three month after the outbreak of the Croatian War of Independence, the Croatian parliament made the historic decision to separate the nation from the Yugoslav federation. The decision was preceded by a referendum in which 93.24% of the people voted for a sovereign and independent Croatia. 92.18% of the votes required to leave the federation. To mark the occasion, the Croatian National Bank in cooperation with the Croatian Monetary Institute is issuing two special coin sets that focus on an important symbol of Croatia’s sovereignty: the first circulation coins of the young nation.
Only very few of these sets will be produced: the gold set has a mintage of only 30 pieces, the silver set of 300 pieces.
The Croatian Kuna
The Republic of Croatia uttered its own circulation coins on 30 May 1994: the Croatian kuna (HRK) replaced the Croatian dinar. Introduced on 23 December 1991, the transitional currency of sovereign Croatia had only existed in the form of banknotes. The set of Croatian circulation coins is composed of nine denominations: 1, 2, 5, 10, 20 and 50 lipa as well as 1, 2 and 5 kuna. All coins below one kuna feature typical plants of the country on the reverse, while higher denominations depict three typical animals of Croatia.30 Years of Croatian Independence