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The SLOVAK KORUNA or SLOVAK CROWN (Slovak : slovenská koruna, literally meaning Slovak crown) was the currency of Slovakia
Slovakia
between 8 February 1993 and 31 December 2008, and could be used for cash payment until 16 January 2009. The ISO 4217 code was SKK and the local abbreviation was Sk. The Slovak crown (koruna) was also the currency of the Nazi-era Slovak Republic between 1939 and 1945. Both korunas were subdivided into 100 haliers (abbreviated as "hal." or simply "h", singular: halier). The abbreviation is placed after the numeric value.

Slovakia
Slovakia
switched its currency from the koruna to the euro on 1 January 2009, at a rate of 30.1260 korunas to the euro.

In the Slovak language, the nouns "koruna" and "halier" both assume two plural forms. "Koruny" and "haliere" appears after the numbers 2, 3 and 4 and in generic (uncountable) context, with "korún" and "halierov" being used after other numbers. The latter forms also correspond to genitive use in plural.

CONTENTS

* 1 Koruna of 1939–1945

* 1.1 Coins * 1.2 Banknotes

* 2 Modern koruna

* 2.1 Coins * 2.2 Banknotes * 2.3 Historical exchange rates

* 3 See also * 4 Notes * 5 References * 6 External links

KORUNA OF 1939–1945

The koruna (Slovak : koruna slovenská, note the different word ordering from the modern koruna) was the currency of the Slovak Republic from 1939 to 1945. The Slovak koruna
Slovak koruna
replaced the Czechoslovak koruna at par and was replaced by the reconstituted Czechoslovak koruna, again at par. Its abbreviation was Kčs.

Initially, the Slovak koruna
Slovak koruna
was at par with the Bohemian and Moravian koruna , with 10 korunas = 1 Reichsmark
Reichsmark
. It was devalued, on 1 October 1940, to a rate of 11.62 Slovak korunas to one Reichsmark, while the value of the Bohemian and Moravian currency remained unchanged against the Reichsmark.

COINS

Main article: Coins of the Slovak koruna (1939–45)

In 1939, coins were introduced in denominations of 10 halierov, 5 and 20 korunas, with 20 and 50 haliers and 1 koruna added in 1940. The 10 and 20 haliers were bronze, the 50 haliers and 1 koruna cupronickel, the 5 korunas nickel and the 20 korunas were silver. In 1942, zinc 5 haliers were introduced and aluminium replaced bronze in the 20 haliers. Aluminium 50 haliers followed in 1943. Silver 10 and 50 korunas were introduced in 1944.

Compared to the pre-war Czechoslovak koruna, the Slovak koruna
Slovak koruna
coins had an additional 50 Ks, the silver content of the 10 and 20 Ks coins was reduced from 700 ‰ to 500 ‰ and all but 5 Ks shrank in physical sizes. The designers were Anton Hám , Andrej Peter, Gejza Angyal, Ladislav Majerský and František Štefunko. Coins were minted in the Kremnica mint .

BANKNOTES

Main article: Banknotes of the Slovak koruna (1939-45)

In 1939, Czechoslovak notes for 100, 500 and 1000 korún were issued with SLOVENSKÝ ŠTÁT overprinted on them for use in Slovakia. That year also saw the introduction of 10 and 20 koruna notes by the government.

MODERN KORUNA

In 1993, the newly independent Slovakia
Slovakia
introduced its own koruna, replacing the Czechoslovak koruna at par.

COINS

In 1993, coins were introduced in denominations of 10, 20 and 50 haliers, 1, 2, 5 and 10 korunas. The 10- and 20-halier coins were taken out of circulation on 31 December 2003.In 1996 the 50-halier coin was smaller and instead of aluminium it was made with copper plated steel.

The obverse of the coins feature the coat of arms of Slovakia
Slovakia
, with motifs from Slovak history on the reverses.

* 10 halierov (silver-coloured) – Octagonal wooden belfry from Zemplín (early 19th century) = €0.0033 * 20 halierov (silver-coloured) – the Kriváň peak in the High Tatras = €0.0066 * 50 halierov (copper-coloured) – Renaissance polygonal tower of Devín Castle = €0.0166 * 1 koruna (copper-coloured) – Gothic wooden sculpture of the Madonna with child (c. 1500) = €0.0332 * 2 koruny (silver-coloured) – Earthen sculpture of the sitting Venus of Hradok (4th millennium BC) = €0.0664 * 5 korún (silver-coloured) – Reverse of a Celtic coin of Biatec (1st century BC) = €0.166 * 10 korún (copper-coloured) – Bronze cross (11th century A.D.) = €0.332

Coins were exchangeable for euros at the National Bank of Slovakia until January 2, 2014.

BANKNOTES

At midnight on 31 December 1992, the Czechoslovak Republic bifurcated into the Czech Republic
Czech Republic
and the Slovak Republic. In 1993, the newly independent Slovakia
Slovakia
introduced its own koruna, replacing the Czechoslovak koruna at par. Provisional banknotes were issued in denominations of 20, 50, 100, 500, and 1,000 korún by affixing stamps bearing the coat of arms of Slovakia
Slovakia
and the denomination to Czechoslovak banknotes. The main motifs on the obverses of the banknotes represent important people living in the territory of the present Slovakia
Slovakia
in various historical eras. On the reverses, these motifs are completed by depicting places where these people lived and were active.

DENOMINATION Dimensions (millimetres) VALUE IMAGE MAIN COLOUR OBVERSE REVERSE REMARK

20 KORúN 128 x 65 €0.66

Green Prince Pribina Nitra/Neutra Castle

50 KORúN 134 x 68 €1.66

Blue Saints Cyril and Methodius Dražovce church and the first seven letters of the Glagolitic alphabet

100 KORúN 140 x 71 €3.32

Red Madonna at Levoča church St. Jacob's church in Levoča/Leutschau and city hall

200 KORúN 146 x 74 €6.64

Turquoise Anton Bernolák (1762 – 1813), linguist and Catholic priest Trnava
Trnava
in the 18th century Introduced in 1995

500 KORúN 152 x 77 €16.60

Brown Ľudovít Štúr (1815 – 1856), leader of the Slovak national revival Bratislava Castle and St. Michaels church

1000 KORúN 158 x 80 €33.19

Purple Andrej Hlinka (1864 – 1938), politician and Catholic priest Madonna of Liptovké Sliace/Liptau church; St. Andrew's church in Ružomberok

5000 KORúN 164 x 82 €165.97

Orange Milan Rastislav Štefánik (1880 – 1919), politician and diplomat Stefanik's grave on Bradlo Hill: Ursa Major
Ursa Major
constellation Introduced in 1994

These images are to scale at 0.7 pixels per millimetre. For table standards, see the banknote specification table .

Slovak banknotes denominated in koruny can be exchanged for euros indefinitely.

HISTORICAL EXCHANGE RATES

Historical exchange rates from 1999

The graph shows the value of the euro in korunas from 1999 to December 2008. As may be seen, the currency strengthened as Slovakia's economy did. The koruna joined the ERM II on 28 November 2005 at the rate of € = 38.4550 Sk with a 15% band. On 17 March 2007, this rate was readjusted to 35.4424 Sk with the same band, an 8.5% increase in the value of the koruna. On the same day, 1 euro traded at 33.959 Sk. The central rate of koruna was then adjusted once more on 28 May 2008 to 23.8545 with no change in the band.

SEE ALSO

* Czechoslovak koruna *