Croatia celebrates 30 years of independance with an impressively presented gold and silver currency sets

We’ve never covered a coin from Croatia before, no doubt because they’re not the most prolific producers around, but here we are with something a little special. Most countries release proof collections of their circulating currency on an annual basis, sometimes even in gold or silver, but the Croatian Monetary Authority has pulled out all the stops for the countries 30th anniversary.

The coins are simple affairs, as most national coins are, and there are nine of them. Unfortunately, they haven’t supplied images of the coin faces, but they have provided some excellent images (by Brammir Kralj) of the sets themselves, There’s plenty of information in the press release lower down, so we won’t repeat it here, but there’s a lot of symbolism in the style and fabrication of the presentation and they’re clearly impressive commemorations of the nations anniversary year.

Both sets are available to buy now, with the silver set having a mintage of 300 and a price of HRK 5,000 (€670 / $800 USD), and the gold limited to just 30 sets with a price of HRK 100,000 (€13,500/ $15,800 USD). That’s obviously big money for under three ounces of gold, but this is one of those special things that will have historical relevance many years froim now.


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.

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.

The common feature of the larger denominations – 1, 2 and 5 kuna – is the depiction of a marten (Croat. kuna) on the reverse. It refers to the fact that taxes and duties were paid in marten skins in medieval Croatia. Thus, the depiction of a marten found its way onto the oldest pieces of Croatian coinage. The marten links the modern kuna to the historical roots of the Croatian nation.

The reverse of smaller denominations – 1, 2, 5, 10, 20 and 50 lipa – features a linden leaf. The linden tree (Croat. lipa) is considered a sacred tree of the Slavs. In Croatian, the month of June is named after this tree.

The design of all circulation coins is by the well-known Croatian sculptor Kuzma Kovačić, who has designed many Croatian commemorative coins since then. Mr Kovačić (*1952) is a professor at the Arts Academy in Split and a member of the Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts.

The Croatian Monetary Institute is issuing coin sets with a special packaging containing the nine denominations of the Croatian kuna featuring the anniversary year 2021 with a mintage number of only 30 pieces for the gold version and 300 pieces for the silver version.

The renowned Croatian design studio Izvorka Jurić, Izvorka Jurić and Jelena Gvozdanović created the “Croatian cube”, which was designed in a special way in order to be used as a representative small showcase.

The design of the precious wooden sculpture picks up two elements: Its chessboard-like fields are reminiscent of the Croatian coat of arms, which is colloquially referred to as “chessboard”. Moreover, the Croatian cube has been inspired by the treasure chests that are typical of Croatia: they appear to be inconspicuous from the outside and reveal their valuable content only when a secret opening mechanism is activated.

While the Croatian cube for the gold coins is made of oak and olive wood, the cube for the silver coins is made of oak and linden wood.

0.9999 GOLD BU
1 LIPA CORN STALK 4.89 g 17 mm
2 LIPA VINE BRANCH 6.44 g 19 mm
5 LIPA COMMON OAK 5.88 g 18 mm
10 LIPA TOBACCO PLANT 7.80 g 20 mm
20 LIPA OLIVE BRANCH 6.98 g 18.5 mm
50 LIPA VELEBIT DEGENIA 8.70 g 20.5 mm
1 KUNA NIGHTINGALE 10.95 g 22.5 mm
2 KUNA TUNA 13.80 g 24.5 mm
5 KUNA BROWN BEAR 16.46 g 26.5 mm
1 LIPA CORN STALK 2.65 g 17 mm
2 LIPA VINE BRANCH 3.49 g 19 mm
5 LIPA COMMON OAK 3,19 g 18 mm
10 LIPA TOBACCO PLANT 4.23 g 20 mm
20 LIPA OLIVE BRANCH 3.79 g 18.5 mm
50 LIPA VELEBIT DEGENIA 4.73 g 20.5 mm
1 KUNA NIGHTINGALE 5.95 g 22.5 mm
2 KUNA TUNA 7.49 g 24.5 mm
5 KUNA BROWN BEAR 8.94 g 26.5 mm