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500 Kuna 1941, Croatia

in Krause book Number: 3a
Years of issue: 26.07.1941 - 09.07.1945
Edition: 10 000 000 (at least)
Signatures: Ministar narodnog gospodarstva: Dr. Lovro Sušić
Serie: Nezavisna Država Hrvatska
Specimen of: 26.05.1941
Material: Cotton fiber
Size (mm): 157 х 84
Printer: Giesecke und Devrient GmbH, Leipzig

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500 Kuna 1941




Tuning-fork pattern.


500 Kuna 1941

Inscriptions and colorful stripes on the watermark field were provided by the Bank as a means of protection against counterfeiting.

The drawing of the banknote is framed by an old Croatian ornament on an intertwined background. On the right side of the drawing in a vertically oval shape with decoration are three sheaves of grain.


500 Kuna 1941

The frame of the drawing is intertwined with old Croatian decoration. On the inside of the frame is made a mesh base with twisted stripes, with a richly intertwined flower in the middle. The initials of the author of the banknote "LJ. B." are visible in the middle of the lower rim.


On left side is the coat of arms of the Independent State of Croatia (1941-1945).

Coat of Arms of Independent State of Croatia is a shield of 25 square white (silver) and red (blood colors) shields, arranged alternately in five rows so that the starting field is white (silver). On the coat of arms it is a star-shaped figure in a troplet of a vase of the same red color, that frames a white field with the big letter U in dark blue color.

Letter U comes from The Ustaša – Croatian Revolutionary Movement (Croatian: Ustaša – Hrvatski revolucionarni pokret), commonly known as Ustaše (Croatian: Ustaše), was a Croatian fascist, racist, ultranationalist and terrorist organization, active, as one organization, between 1929 and 1945. Its members murdered hundreds of thousands of Serbs, Jews, and Roma as well as political dissidents in Yugoslavia during World War II.

They are variously known in English as the Ustaše, Ustashe, Ustashi, Ustahis, or Ustashas; with the associated adjective sometimes being Ustashe or Ustasha, apart from Ustaše. This variance stems from the fact that Ustaše is the plural form of Ustaša in the Serbo-Croatian language.

The ideology of the movement was a blend of fascism, Roman Catholicism and Croatian nationalism. The Ustaše supported the creation of a Greater Croatia that would span the Drina River and extend to the border of Belgrade. The movement emphasized the need for a racially "pure" Croatia and promoted genocide against Serbs, Jews and Romani people, and persecution of anti-fascist or dissident Croats and Bosniaks. The Ustaše viewed the Bosniaks as "Muslim Croats," and as a result, Bosniaks were not persecuted on the basis of race.


Designer: Ljubo Babić.

Protective elements:

- watermark in a form of continuous geometric "voice fork" pattern

- impregnated red and blue snake-shaped ribbons, on which is written in small letters

NEZAVISNA DRŽAVA HRVATSKA (Independent State of Croatia).

Series of issued banknotes:

A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, J, K up to 0999999.