31 May 2023
After producing its first set of euro denominated coins earlier this year, Croatia has now released its first euro collector coin, with a design featuring a necktie, the decorative item of clothing whose origin is attributed to Croats.
In a limited series of 500 pieces, the coin has been issued by the Croatian National Bank and minted by the Croatian Mint. The symbol adorning the coin it is a necktie, a decorative item of clothing whose origin is attributed to Croats.
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It is believed Croatian mercenaries wore them when they were in France during the Thirty Years War (1616–48). The French called these neckties cravats, with the name derived from Croates, which is French for Croatian.
This fashion was then adopted by royalty and the upper echelons of French society. Eventually, the tie would influence men’s fashion everywhere.
The ‘Contour Necktie’ coin consists of two coins of different shapes, made of different precious metals – gold and silver. The gold coin follows the contours of the necktie and is inserted into a silver coin, so that in combination they form a complete coin.