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Nikola Tesla appears on coins as Croatia joins euro


The number of countries using the euro reached 20 this weekend as Croatia adopted the single currency.

The coastal country of just under four million people simultaneously joined the euro zone and the Schengen area of free travel on January 1st.

The date marks the end of a long road for those who advocated for the greater European Union integration of a major tourism economy which gained independence from Yugoslavia in 1991.

The shift means that new Croatian-designed coins will appear in circulation. The new 50, 20, and 10 cent coins bear the face of inventor Nikola Tesla, who was born in 1856 in the village of Smiljan in modern-day Croatia.

The one euro coin features a marten, which is Croatia’s national animal and gave its name to the outgoing currency, the kuna, because of the history of its fur pelts as a unit of exchange. The coins also include the Croatian checkerboard, a national symbol that features in the flag.

The shift comes after EU member states agreed that Croatia had fulfilled the conditions to join the euro this summer, and determined a conversion rate of 7.5345 kuna to one euro.

The number of countries using the euro reached 20 this weekend as Croatia adopted the single currency.

The coastal country of just under four million people simultaneously joined the euro zone and the Schengen area of free travel on January 1st.

The date marks the end of a long road for those who advocated for the greater European Union integration of a major tourism economy which gained independence from Yugoslavia in 1991.

The shift means that new Croatian-designed coins will appear in circulation. The new 50, 20, and 10 cent coins bear the face of inventor Nikola Tesla, who was born in 1856 in the village of Smiljan in modern-day Croatia.

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