The first colored coins in Croatian history feature a Dalmatian dog

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New colored series on the left (Photo credit: Branimir Kralj/Croatian Mint)

At the end of 2021, the Croatian National Bank issued gold and silver commemorative coins to honor for the first time a native Croatian dog breed that is one of the most recognizable in the world – the Dalmatian.

Continuing the series, new coins have just been issued with the Dalmatian dog now appearing in color on the coins. This is the first time in history that the Croatian Mint mints colored coins.

The author of the conceptual and artistic design of the gold and silver coins is the famous sculptor Nikola Vudrag, and the coins were made at the Croatian Mint – Croatian Monetary Institute.

After the parts are minted and passed through the quality control process, a special high-resolution printer with large usable printing surfaces is used for coloring, which makes it possible to color large series and different types of object surfaces. colorful.

The gold coin is one ounce of gold and the silver is five ounces of silver. Rounding out the series is a quarter ounce gold coin.

The first colored coins in Croatian history feature a Dalmatian dog

One ounce gold coin (Photo credit: Branimir Kralj/Croatian Mint)

The colored gold and silver coins are issued in a limited series with 101 gold coins (one ounce), 500 silver coins and 2000 gold coins (quarter ounce) available.

The first colored coins in Croatian history feature a Dalmatian dog

Five-ounce silver coin (Photo credit: Branimir Kralj/Croatian Mint)

The first colored coins in Croatian history feature a Dalmatian dog

Quarter ounce gold coin (Photo credit: Branimir Kralj/Croatian Mint)

Noted for its unique white coat marked with black or liver-colored spots, the World Canine Organization has recognized Croatia as the birthplace of the Dalmatian, citing several historical sources.

The first known written information about the Dalmatian dog dates from 1374, when the bishop of Đakovo, Peter mentions the hunting dog of Croatia, mainly from Dalmatia with short white hair and black round spots on various parts of the body, and it called him “Canis Dalmaticus”.

Interested citizens can purchase the commemorative coins on the Croatian Mint website.

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