The current valid Czech bank notes are the 100-, 200-, 500-, 1,000-,
2,000-, and 5,000-koruna denominations, so some heads may have turned
when the country’s State Printing Works of Securities (Státní tiskárna
cenin) announced on its website a commemorative 90-crown note.
The agency explained that it is actually a commemorative certificate
in the form of a bank note, issued to mark the 90th anniversary of the
start of the institution’s operations. Even though it has no legal
standing, it is an appealing synthesis of traditional Czech bank note
engraving and modern digital technology.
Inside Coin World: About those 1805 silver
dollars Although an 1806 Mint document claims 321
silver dollar were made in 1805, no such coins are known today. It
took a later book to explain the reference.
The document features a profile of the bust of the academic painter
Professor Max Švabinský, who, a statement says, “memorably influenced
the prestige of Czech banknotes.”
It also includes the artist’s favorite theme of butterflies, in
combination with a vignette from Czechoslovakia’s 1,000-koruna note of 1934.
These old elements are combined with a demonstration of modern
security technology features. Two of them are from the Louisenthal
subsidiary of the German company Giesecke & Devrient, a major
paper and security provider for over 100 countries.
The first is Varifeye, a color-changing foil, showing a golden
metallic butterfly formed by hologram and micro-mirror elements.
Another is the Galaxy security thread that uses a tilting effect to
show different elements and colors. The certificate also uses micro
text to form the face of a young woman. There are 36 protective
elements in total, some visible to the naked eye, others only
detectable by laboratory methods and resources.
The note was available to collectors only at the retail stores of
the Czech Mint as of June 1; it was not offered online.
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