ZAGREB, 9 November 2021 – The Croatian National Bank has issued commemorative gold and silver coins to honour a native Croatian dog breed which is one of the most recognisable in the world – the Dalmatian.
Noted for its unique white coat marked with black or liver-coloured spots, the World Canine Organisation recognised Croatia as the Dalmatian’s country of origin, citing several historical sources.
The first known written information about Dalmatian dog is from 1374, when Bishop of Đakovo, Peter mentions the hunting dog from Croatia, mostly from Dalmatia with short white hair and black round spots on various parts of the body, and he called him “Canis Dalmaticus”.
The author of the conceptual and artistic design of the gold and silver coins is well-known sculpture Nikola Vudrag, and the coins were made in the Croatian Mint – Croatian Monetary Institute.
A 1,000 kuna gold coin, weighing 31.10 grams and 32 millimetres in diameter, is issued in a quantity not exceeding 999 pieces, and a 50 kuna gold coin (1.94 g and 15 mm) in a quantity of 5,000 pieces. A 10 kuna silver coin (31.10 g and 38.61 mm in diameter) is issued in a quantity not exceeding 15,000 pieces, the Croatian National Bank said on Tuesday.
The gold and silver coins will be sold by the Croatian Mint, and the initial selling price is expected to be around 13,000 kuna without VAT for the 1,000 kuna gold coin, and around 900 kuna without VAT for the 50 kuna gold coin.
The initial selling price for a silver coin of 10 kuna will be around 320 kuna without VAT. However, the final selling price of gold and silver coins will depend on the movement of gold and silver prices on the open market, the Croatian National Bank said.
Interested citizens can purchase commemorative coins from November 9, 2021, and more about ordering and purchasing can be found on the website of the Croatian Mint.