The coins are 26mm in diameter with a reeded edge with an 18mm brass center surrounded by a stainless steel outer ring. They were designed by Zmago Jelincic, who also designed the Slovenia 1993 Battle of Sisek 5, 500 and 5000 Tolarjev coins (KM9,10 & 11). The six coins were produced by Zlatarstvo graverstvo Kranj, of Novo Mesto, Slovenia. The mintage is limited to 2000 pieces for each issue.
The six coins have a common reverse featuring a symbolic picture of the Euro symbol and the number three. The reverse legend translates as Republic of Slovenia - Three Euros.
The six coins are as follows:
ANNIVERSARY OF THE FOUNDING OF THE SHS. The SHS was
a state of
Slovenians, Croatians and Serbs which formed from
Slav territories of the Austro-Hungarian Empire after the Empire's
in World War I. The state was quickly merged with Serbia and
to become the Kingdom of Serbs, Croatians and Slovenes that went on to
become the Kingdom of Yugoslavia in 1929. Slovenia emerged as
independent nation from Yugoslavia in 1991. The coin design
the figure "Verigarji", a man with a torn chain by Ivan
The design was also used on stamps from that time. The coin
ANNIVERSARY OF THE UNION WITH PREKMURJE.
a portion of Hungary with a large Slovenian population.
Prekmurje was given to Slovenia in the Paris Peace Conference following
World War I. The event marks an important step in the
of the modern Slovenian nation. The coin portrays a flying
and the years 1919 and 1999.
YEARS OF THE ANNEXATION OF PART OF PRIMORSKA. A portion of
a territory on the Italian-Slovenian border was granted to Yugoslavia
World War II as a reward for its guerrilla armies that fought against
and Germany in World War II. The coin portrays the star that
used by members of the "Liberation Front" guerilla that operated in
in World War II, along with the dates 1947 and 1997. The
originally to be issued in 1997 by the National Bank of Slovenia as a
coin, however the Government of Slovenia vetoed the decision and the
was never issued. The date, 1999 is shown at the bottom of
YEARS OF UNITED SLOVENIA. The coin commemorates the
of modern Slovenian nationalism. Slovenia first tried to
independence during the revolution that swept through the
Empire in 1848. The obverse shows a map of Slovenian
drawn up in 1864 by Peter Kozler, who was then imprisoned by
authorities for his pro-independence activities. A silhouette
the "Duke's Throne" is incorporated into the map. The map
portions of what is now Italy, Croatia and Austria. Though
National Bank approved the design for use on a commemorative coin in
the Government of Slovenia did not allow the coin to be struck due
potentially damaging diplomatic repercussions with its
The dates 1848, 1998 and the issue date 1999 appear at the bottom of
YEARS OF THE WRITTEN SLOVENE WORD - THE CEDAD SCRIPT.
features the inscription on the alter in Cedad. The writing,
back to the year 749, is the first example of the written Slovene
The writing on the alter reads "Racisova Ara" which
Duke Racis went to serve God, meaning he gave up his reign and joined a
monastery. The Slovenian National Bank proposed
that this coin
be issued in 1999, however this proposal was vetoed by the Slovenian
This coin was issued to honor the new millennium (regardless of when it
technically starts). Though many countries issued official
commemoratives, Slovenia did not. This coin fills that void.
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