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2000 Dinara 1991, Croatia

in Krause book Number: 23a
Years of issue: 08.10.1991
Signatures: Ministar Financija: Marijan Hanžeković (25 July 1990 - 3 August 1991)
Serie: No Serie
Specimen of: 1991
Material: Cotton fiber
Size (mm): 130 х 67
Printer: Zrinski d.d., Čakovec and Tumba Bruk (Crane and Co.), Tumba, Sweden

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2000 Dinara 1991




Baptistery (baptismal font) of Prince of the Serbs Višeslav, IX century.

baptisterium baptisterium

Baptistery (baptismal font) of Prince of the Serbs Višeslav, IX century (Višeslavova krstionica). The original can be seen in the Museum of Croatian Archaeological Monuments in Split.

The Baptismal Font of Prince Višeslav the first Croatian Prince who reined around 800 is an extremely important monument. This hexagonal stone vessel is witness to the time when Croats first accepted Christianity.

Višeslav's baptistery is the name of the stone baptistery where Prince Višeslav is mentioned, and it is one of the most important monuments of Croatian culture from the early Middle Ages. It is assumed that the baptistery was originally in Nin, in the baptistery.

The baptistery is carved from a block of marble and has a six-sided shape 90 cm. high and 120 cm. in diameter. Along the edges of the sides, a toroidal column with a stylized capital is carved in relief, while in the middle of the front page there is a processional cross filled with a Croatian triplet behind a coil at the end of three arms.

The inscription runs along the edge of the font:


That is, translated into English: "This font receives the weak to enlighten them. Here they are purged of their sins which they received from their first parents in order to become Christians confessing the Eternal Trinity. This work was skillfully made by priest John at the time of Prince ViŠeslav, out of piety, but to honor Saint John the Baptist, to mediate for him and his flock."

The inscription is of a devotional character with an accentuated votive component, written in metrical form.


2000 Dinara 1991

Ruđer Josip Bošković

The engraving on banknote is made after this portrait of Roger Joseph Boscovich by English portrait and historical painter Robert Edge Pine, 1760.

Roger Joseph Boscovich (Ruđer Josip Bošković, 8 May 1711 - 13 February 1787) was a physicist, astronomer, mathematician, philosopher, diplomat, poet, theologian, Jesuit priest, and a polymath from the city of Dubrovnik in the Republic of Ragusa (today Croatia), who studied and lived in Italy and France where he also published many of his works.

He produced a precursor of atomic theory and made many contributions to astronomy, including the first geometric procedure for determining the equator of a rotating planet from three observations of a surface feature and for computing the orbit of a planet from three observations of its position. In 1753 he also discovered the absence of atmosphere on the Moon.

Right of him is his first work on geodesy.

Boskovic paid great value in their research to practical application of their knowledge. The result of his activity by measuring the shape and size of the Earth was the creation of a new discipline - geodesy. Applying astronomical techniques, he measured the length of one degree of the meridian, and showed that the Earth's shape is different from an ellipsoid of revolution (he coined the term geoid, which is still used today).

In top right corner is the coat of arms of Croatia.


The coat of arms of the Republic of Croatia (Croatian: Grb Republike Hrvatske) consists of one main shield and five smaller shields which form a crown over the main shield. The main coat of arms is a checkerboard (chequy) that consists of 13 red and 12 silver (white) fields. It's also informally known in Croatian as šahovnica ("chessboard", from šah, "chess"). The five smaller shields represent five different historical regions within Croatia.

The checkerboard coat of arms (šahovnica) is first attested as an official symbol of the kingdom of Croatia on an Innsbruck tower depicting the emblem of Maximilian I, Archduke of Austria in 1495. It appeared on a seal from the Cetingrad Charter that confirmed the 1527 election of Ferdinand I, Archduke of Austria as king of Croatia in Cetin.

The origin of the design has often been purported as being medieval. Historic tradition states it to be the arms of Stephen Držislav in the 10th century. A Split stone baptistry from the time of Peter Krešimir IV (1058-1074/5) has engraved falcons that carry something that resembles a chequy on their wings, and the bell tower of the medieval Church of St. Lucy, Jurandvor has a checkerboard pattern carved onto it.

The size of the checkerboard ranges from 3×3 to 8×8, but most commonly 5×5, like in the current design. It was traditionally conjectured that the colours originally represented two ancient Croat states, Red Croatia and White Croatia, but there is no historical evidence to support this.

Denomination in numeral is in lower left corner, in numeral and in words are lower, centered.


2000 Dinara 1991


"History of the Croats", sculpture made by famous Croatian sculptor Ivan Mestrovic, in front of University Rector's Building, in Zagreb, Croatia.

The original is in National Museum of Serbia, in Belgrade, Serbia.

Ivan Meštrović (August 15, 1883 - January 16, 1962) was a Croatian sculptor and architect. He is renowned as one of the greatest sculptors of the XX century. He was the first living person to have a one man show at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City.

The sculpture “History of the Croats” is one of the most famous works of Ivan Mestrović! It was made in 1932 for a new Old-Croatian museum in Knin.

The sculpture depicts a sitting figure of women dressed in stylized folk costumes that originates from the Dalmatian Zagora region. It is assumed that her portrayal features belong to the artist’s mother!

A figure from the “History of the Croats” sculpture holds a massive stone slab in his lap written in the Glagolic script. This presentation embodies the display of a caring mother and guardian of national heritage and history. Sculpture was presented to the public at the exhibition “Half a Century of Croatian Art”! The exhibition was held in Zagreb from 1938 to 1939.

On the 300th anniversary of the Zagreb University in 1970, in front of the Rectorate, was placed a bronze cast of “History of the Croats” sculpture. (


On the background is stylized University facade (University Rector's Building, in Zagreb, Croatia).

The University of Zagreb is the oldest and biggest university in South-Eastern Europe (founded in 1669). It is a comprehensive public university located in the capital of Croatia. Ever since its foundation the University has been continually growing and developing and now consists of 29 faculties, three art academies and the Centre for Croatian Studies.

With its study programmes and over 60,000 full-time undergratuate and postgraduate students the University is the strongest teaching institution in Croatia. It offers a wide range of academic degree courses leading to Bachelor's, Master's and PhD degrees in the following fields: Arts, Biomedicine, Biotechnology, Engineering, Humanities, Natural and Social Sciences. It is also a strongly research-oriented institution, contributing with over 50% to the total research output of the country.

In lower right corner is Croatian coat of arms.

Denominations in numerals are in top left and lower right corners. In words in lower left corner.


Designers: A. Miski, H. Jarvio.

Graphic design by the artist Zlatko Jakuš.

In UV light is the coat of arms visible, in center.