Banknotes of the Czechoslovak koruna (1953)

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20 Kčs banknote, 1988, obverse

The first banknotes of the third Czechoslovak koruna were issued by the Communist Party of Czechoslovakia in denominations of 1, 3 and 5 korun (state notes) and by the State Bank in denominations of 10, 25, 50 and 100 korun (banknotes). From 1958, new 25, 10, 100 and finally 50 Kčs banknotes were designed, and the state notes were gradually replaced by coins during the 1960s. The 20 Kčs banknote was printed from 1970 to replace the 25 Kčs note. The 500 Kčs banknote appeared in 1973. Starting with the 1000 Kčs banknote in 1985, a new, more uniform series (designer: Albín Brunovský) was issued adding a new denomination each year. This process was interrupted by the fall of the communism (and finally by the dissolution of the country) : the new 100 Kčs note issued in 1989 depicted Klement Gottwald, a prominent communist and was speedily withdrawn after the Velvet Revolution. A new 500 Kčs banknote was never issued.

Value Dimensions Main colour Language Description Date of
Obverse Reverse printing issue withdrawal
1958 series
25 Kčs 140 × 69 mm Blue Czech and Slovak Jan Žižka The Jan Žižka Square in Tábor 1958 1 December 1958 31 December 1972
1960–1964 series
3 Kčs 113 × 55 mm Blue Slovak and Czech Indication of value Coat of arms 1961 1 December 1961 31 December 1967
5 Kčs 123 × 59 mm Green Czech and Slovak Indication of value Coat of arms 1961 1 December 1961 31 December 1967
10 Kčs 134 × 65 mm Brown Slovak Girls with flowers View of the Orava reservoir 1960 1 December 1961 30 June 1988
25 Kčs 140 × 69 mm Blue Czech and Slovak Jan Žižka The Jan Žižka Square in Tábor 1961 2 May 1962 31 December 1972
50 Kčs 150 × 75 mm Red Slovak A Russian soldier and a partisan The Slovnaft refinery in Bratislava 1964 1 April 1965 30 June 1991
100 Kčs 165 × 81 mm Green Czech Peasant couple View of Prague with the castle and the Charles Bridge 1961 1 December 1962 7 February 1993
1970–1973 series
20 Kčs 134 × 59 mm Blue Czech Jan Žižka Imitation of a codex illustration 1970 1 April 1971 30 June 1991
500 Kčs 153 × 67 mm Brown Slovak Partisans of the SNP 1944 Devín Castle 1973 1 November 1973 7 February 1993
1985–1989 series
10 Kčs 133 × 67 mm Brown Slovak Pavol Országh-Hviezdoslav Orava scene 1986 1 July 1986 7 February 1993
20 Kčs 138 × 67 mm Blue Czech Comenius Illustration related to culture and education 1988 1 October 1988 7 February 1993
50 Kčs 143 × 67 mm Red Slovak Ľudovít Štúr View of Bratislava with the castle (from the restaurant on the top of the pylon of the Nový Most) 1987 1 October 1987 7 February 1993
100 Kčs 148 × 67 mm Green Czech Klement Gottwald View of Prague with the castle and the Charles Bridge 1989 1 October 1989 31 December 1990
1000 Kčs 158 × 67 mm Blue Czech Bedřich Smetana View of the Vltava at Vyšehrad 1985 1 October 1985 7 February 1993

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