2022 Coin of 25 KUNAS from Croatia – PELJESAC Bridge
- August 27, 2022
The Croatian National Bank has issued a new commemorative circulation coin of 25 kuna to mark the opening of the Pelješac Bridge for traffic and road connections on the territory of the Republic of Croatia.
Since July 26th 2022, the Pelješac Bridge, the largest ever EU infrastructure investment in Croatia, connects the South Dalmatia region with the rest of the country. The bridge will reduce travel time by 37 minutes along the Adriatic coast.
The construction cost EUR 420 million, to which the EU contributed EUR 357 million from cohesion policy funds. The bridge is one of the largest infrastructure projects in Croatia today and one of the largest infrastructure investments ever made by the EU.
The EU is also financing supporting infrastructure, such as the construction of access roads, including tunnels, bridges and viaducts, the construction of an 8 km long bypass near the town of Ston and the upgrading of the existing D414 road.
The last Kuna coin issued by Croatia before its euro changeover on January 1st 2023
This coin is the last one minted in Croatia with a face value expressed in Kunas. In 2023, Croatia will switch to the euro. All coins issued from 2023 onwards will be issued with a face value in euro.
The design of the coin was made by the sculptor Damir Mataušić. The new commemorative circulation coin is minted by the Croatian Mint. The announced mintage is 30,000 coins.
Obverse and reverse of the new and last Croatian commemorative in Kunas
The new coin has been available for purchase since 26 July 2022.
A highly coveted piece
Damir Kovač, president of the Croatian Numismatic Society, suggests several explanations for why this commemorative coin is so sought after.
The first reason is that it is the last coin minted by the Croatian Mint.
The second is the limited circulation of 30,000 coins, which is not very many, even for Croatia.
The third is an economic or patrimonial reason. It is difficult to say how much this coin could be worth in 10 years. In any case, to date, these coins with a face value of 25 kuna (about €3.3) sell for around 600 kuna (about €80).
This value seems high to Dr Damir Kovac. According to him, the mintage of 30,000 coins is still high compared to other Croatian coins, minted at 100 or 1,000 coins. Moreover, they are not even minted in a precious metal. In his opinion, the price of this coin should not increase much in the future.
Croatian population looking for the new coin
The National Bank announced, as of 27 July 2022, that due to the great interest of citizens, it is no longer possible to acquire the coin at the Croatian National Bank’s point of sale or to order it by e-mail. 6,000 remaining coins were made available to citizens as of 8 August 2022 in the branches of Zagrebačka, Privredna, Raiffeisenbank and Partner Bank.
Sources: Croatia Central Bank, SLOBODNA DALMACIJA and NUMISMAG