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5 Korun 1940, Protectorate of Bohemia and Moravia

in Krause book Number: 4a
Years of issue: 1940
Signatures: no signature
Serie: No Serie
Specimen of: 1940
Material: Cotton fiber
Size (mm): 130 x 63
Printer: TB NBČM, Praha

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5 Korun 1940




5 Korun 1940

Portrait of a young woman (full face). The identity of the woman is still unknown:)

Denominations in numerals are in all corners and centered. In words - centered.


5 Korun 1940

Portrait of a same young woman (profile).


On background is the lesser coat of arms of Bohemia and Moravia from 1939 to 1945.

The lesser coat of arms of the protectorate of Bohemia and Moravia is represented by: on the shield of the shield a silver two-tailed lion in a leap, directed to the left, with an open mouth, an outstretched tongue, with a golden crown and armament.

The very first Czech coat of arms was the coat of arms of the Czech Kingdom (11th-12th centuries), on which was a black eagle on a white shield among the flames. It was the patrimonial coat of arms of the first dynasty of the Czech kings of Přemyslits, who ruled from 874 to 1306. However, already in 1158 under King Wladyslaw I (before the coronation is known as Prince Vladislav II) the black eagle was replaced on the Czech emblem by a white lion on a red shield. He should have been reminded of the bravery and valor shown by the soldiers in the battles with foreign invaders. At the end of the 12th century, the Czech lion received a crown, and a little later, at the turn of the XII-XIII centuries, under King Přemysl II of Otokar, the lion was depicted as a two-tiered one. In its final form, the coat of arms was established by 1250 and lasted for many centuries. Sometimes the crowned lion was surrounded by the coats of arms of lands dependent on the Czech kings: Moravia, Silesia, Upper and Lower Lusatia, some Austrian, Hungarian and German possessions.

In 1526, the Czech Republic was under the rule of the Habsburgs. The Czech lion became one of the elements of the Austrian coat of arms, but at the same time it remained a symbol of the national identity of the Czech people for almost four centuries and spoke of its desire for freedom.

Denomination in numerals are across all field of banknote, in words - centered.


Designer: Jindra Schmidt.