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What Currency Is Used in Croatia?

Delving into the Legacy of Croatian Currency

From 1994 to 2023, the Croatian Kuna (HRK) served as the official currency of Croatia. A tribute to Croatian history and wildlife, the ‘Kuna’ signifies the ‘Marten,’ a weasel-like creature native to Croatia. Fun fact – Marten fur was historically utilised as a method of currency!

Fast-forward to 2023, and Croatia warmly greeted the Euro (symbol: €; code: EUR) as its official currency – a change seated deeply in the dynamic phase of development in Croatia’s economy.

The Euro manifests itself in a plethora of denominations, with bank notes amounting to 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 200 and 500, and coins valued at 1, 2 and 5 cents, 1 and 2 Euros.

Understanding the Value of the Euro

When it comes to understanding the Euro’s value, keep in mind that exchange rates constantly change. We recommend utilising resources such as XE.com for real-time exchange rate information.

Converting Your Currency to Euros

If you’re planning your visit to Croatia, you have multiple options for currency exchange. You can either switch your currency to Euros before your trip or visit local banks in Croatia for conversion. Avoid currency exchange at hotels or bureaus because they often have unfavorable rates.

Making Use of ATMs

Explore the numerous locales of Croatia, like Dubrovnik, Korčula, Split, and Hvar, and you’ll find ATMs connected to international networks. Do take note, however, while small towns in Croatia offer exquisite beauty, they might lack ATM services.

Credit cards such as Visa and MasterCard are widely accepted in tourist hotspots, but consider having a small sum of cash on hand to use during your stay.

History of Croatian Currency

Despite Croatia being part of the European Union, for many years it still traded in its own currency, the Kuna; its sign was Kn and currency code HRK.

The Symbolism of the Croatian Kuna Currency

In Croatian, Kuna means pine marten, referring to the weasel-like animal found in Eurasia and North America.

In the past, the pine marten’s fur was used for trading, hence the symbolism was still used in their currency.

Design Features of the Croatian Kuna Banknotes

Kuna banknotes came in eight denominations: 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 200, 500, and 1000 Kuna notes.

Croatian Kuna banknotes featured prominent Croatians on the front of the note and symbolic architectural structures on the back.

The geometric figures at the lower left on the front (except the 5-kuna note) were printed for braille recognition by the blind.

To the right of the coat of arms on the front was a micro printed version of the Croatian national anthem, “Our Beautiful Homeland.”

The Croatian Kuna Coins and their Denominations

Kuna coins were all silver in three different amounts: 1, 2, and 5 Kn coins. One Kuna was made up of 100 Lipa (Lp).

These smaller coins were either silver or golden in the following denominations: 1, 2, 5, 10, 20, and 50.

Prominent Figures and Architectural Structures on the Croatian Kuna Banknotes.

Quick facts about Kuna banknote design prominent figures (front) and architectural structures (back):

  • 5 Kuna: Front: Count Fran Krsto Frankopan with the Old Fort and layout of the old Varaždin castle on the back
  • 10 Kuna: Istrian bishop Juraj Dobrila and The Pula Arena and Motovun town layout
  • 20 Kuna: Duke Josip Jelačić and The Eltz Manor in Vukovar and the Vučedol Dove
  • 50 Kuna: Poet and Dubrovnik nobleman Ivan Gundulić with The Old City of Dubrovnik and its Rector’s Palace
  • 100 Kuna: Duke and poet Ivan Mažuranić with St. Vitus Cathedral in Rijeka and its layout
  • 200 Kuna: Politician Stjepan Radić with The old General Command Building in Osijek
  • 500 Kuna: Poet and Split nobleman Marko Marulić with the Diocletian’s Palace in Split
  • 1000 Kuna: Politician Ante Starčević with the Statue of King Tomislav and the Zagreb Cathedral

Why not see if you could recognise these architectural structures during your Croatia holiday sightseeing? Happy souvenir shopping!

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