The National Bank of the Republic of Macedonia will release 200- and
2,000-denar bank notes on Dec. 15 and withdraw the 5,000-denar note
The reason, the bank says, is to rebalance the current structure of
the notes in circulation. The 5,000-denar note was not widely accepted
because its high face value, the equivalent of $90 in U.S. funds,
limited its use in daily commerce.
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Commercial banks will replace the 5,000-denar note from Dec. 15 to
Feb. 28, 2017. After that they will only be replaced at the central bank.
The 200-denar note’s design is devoted to archaeology. Its face
shows a terra-cotta icon from the excavations at Vinica that is said
to portray the Old Testament story of Joshua and Caleb and the victory
of the Israelites over the Amoreans. They date from the fourth to
sixth centuries. To the left is a bronze clasp from the beginning of
the seventh century found near Prilep. The back shows part of the
facade of what is called the “Decorated Mosque” in Tetovo and elements
taken from the decoration of the marble floor tiles of the “Isaac
Mosque” in Bitola.
The 2,000-denar note shows a Macedonian bride in folk costume and a
pendant, in the form of a poppy head, that dates to the seventh
century B.C. The back shows the inside of a 16th century gilded
vessel, with two peacocks at the center.