At the end of 2021, the Croatian National Bank issued commemorative gold and silver coins to honour for the first time a native Croatian dog breed which is one of the most recognisable in the world – the Dalmatian.
In a continuation of the series, new coins have just been issued with the Dalmatian dog now appearing in colour on the coins. This is the first time in history that the Croatian Mint has minted coloured coins.
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.
After the coins are minted and go through the quality control process, a special high-resolution printer with large usable print surfaces is used for the colouring, which enables colouring of large series and different types of surfaces of coloured objects.
The gold coin is one ounce of gold and the silver is five ounces of silver. The series is rounded off with a gold coin of one quarter ounce of gold.
The coloured gold and silver coins are issued in a limited series with 101 gold coins (one ounce), 500 silver coins and 2000 gold coins (one quarter ounce) available.
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”.
Interested citizens can purchase the commemorative coins on the website of the Croatian Mint.