Македонски денар (Macedonian)|
Banknote of 1000 denars
|1/100||deni / дени (no longer used)|
|Plural||denari / денари ("denars")|
|Symbol||den / ден|
|Freq. used||10, 50, 100, 200, 500, 1000, 2000 denari|
(The 5000 denari banknote will soon be discontinued)
|Coins||1, 2, 5, 10, 50 denari|
|User(s)||Republic of Macedonia|
|Central bank||National Bank of the Republic of Macedonia|
The first Macedonian denar was established on 26 April 1992. It replaced the 1990 version of the Yugoslav dinar at par. In May 1993, the currency was reformed. A new denar was introduced, with one new denar being equal to 100 old denari.
First denar (1992–1993)
The first denar was a temporary currency introduced in April 1992 to establish the monetary independence of the Republic of Macedonia. It replaced the Yugoslav dinar at par.
The Republic of Macedonia declared independence from Yugoslavia on 8 September 1991. At the time the country was using the Yugoslav dinar. Secret preparations were started to introduce its own currency. In April 1992 the country was ready to acquire monetary independence from Yugoslavia. On 26 April the national bank was established and the denar declared the currency of the country. Notes ("value coupons") entered circulation the next day and on 30 April the Yugoslav dinar ceased to be legal tender. The first denar was replaced at a rate of 100 to 1 by a new, permanent, denar consisting of notes and coins in May 1993.
No coins were issued for the first denar.
Temporary notes ("value coupons") were introduced on 27 April 1992, although preparations for producing them began much earlier. They remained in circulation until replaced by permanent notes of the second denar during 1993.
The notes were printed by the printing firm “11 October” in Prilep. Printing started on 15 January 1992. The difficulties of creating a new currency in secret is reflected in the notes themselves. The paper, which was purchased from Slovenia, proved to be of poor quality and lacking in adequate security. Although denominated in denari, the name of the currency does not appear on the notes because they were printed prior to the adoption of the Law on the Monetary Unit. Likewise, the issuer appears (in Macedonia) as the National Bank of Republic of Macedonia, not its successor, the National Bank of the Republic of Macedonia.
The notes were designed by a young employee of the "11 October" printer. He had only one week to design them and not a very large budget. That is why the six lowest denominations are identical with the exception of their colors. They all feature a man and two women picking tobacco leaves on the front, with the back devoted to the Ilinden monument in Kruševo, which, according to the bank, “expresses the eternal fight of Macedonian citizens for life in peace and freedom.”
|Banknotes of the first denar|
|10 denari||? mm × ? mm||Design||Women gathering tobacco||Monument Makedonium in Kruševo||1992||27 April 1992||10 May 1993||?|
|25 denari||? mm × ? mm|
|50 denari*||? mm × ? mm||31 August 1993|
|100 denari||? mm × ? mm|
|500 denari||? mm × ? mm|
|1000 denari||? mm × ? mm||30 November 1993|
|5000 denari||? mm × ? mm||Monument Makedonium in Kruševo||Girl in front of a computer|
|10,000 denari||? mm × ? mm||Panorama of the church St. Sofia, Ohrid||Men dancing and the monument Makedonium in Kruševo|
|These images are to scale at 0.7 pixel per millimetre. For table standards, see the banknote specification table.
Second denar (1993–present)
In May 1993, coins for the second denar were introduced in denominations of 50 deni, 1, 2, and 5 denari. 10 and 50 denari coins were introduced in November 2008. The 50 deni coin was withdrawn in 2013; due to its low mintage (it was only struck in 1993) it was practically never seen in circulation.
Coins are minted at the Suvenir factory in Samokov, a village near Makedonski Brod.
|Coins of the denar (1993–present)|
|Image||Value||Technical parameters||Description||Date of|
|||50 deni||21.5 mm||4.1g||CuZn15||Plain||Value,
Stylized horizont with a 16-ray sun
|РЕПУБЛИКА МАКЕДОНИЈА, circular; year in the lower central field. Flying seagull||1993||10 May 1993||
|||1 denar||23.80 mm||5.1 g||CuNi3Zn17||РЕПУБЛИКА МАКЕДОНИЈА, circular; year in the lower central field. Šarplaninec shepherd dog||1993
|||2 denari||25.50 mm||6.2 g||РЕПУБЛИКА МАКЕДОНИЈА, circular; year in the lower central field. Ohrid trout (Salmo letnica).||1993|
|5 denari||27.5 mm||7.2 g||РЕПУБЛИКА МАКЕДОНИЈА, circular; year in the lower central field. Lynx (Felis Lyinx).||1993|
|10 denari||24.5 mm||6.6 g||Cu70Ni12Zn18||Plain||Value,
Stylized horizont with a 16-ray sun
|Peacock, floor mosaic from Stobi from the 6th century, detail presented on the banknote of 10 Denars||2008||15 November 2008||Current|
|50 denari||26.5 mm||7.7 g||Cu62Ni18Zn20||Archangel Gabriel, fresco from the church of St. Ghiorghi in Kurbinovo - 12th century, detail presented on the banknote of 50 Denars||2008|
|These images are to scale at 2.5 pixels per millimetre. For table standards, see the coin specification table.
FAO coinage (1995)
In 1995 circulation coins (valued 1, 2, and 5 denari) were struck in honor of the United Nations F.A.O programme.
In 1993, the new denar was issued in denominations of 10, 20, 50, 100 and 500 denari. The 20 denari was only issued in this first series of notes. In 1996, 1000 and 5000 denari notes were added. In 2016, 200 and 2000 denari notes were issued, while the National Bank of the Republic of Macedonia began withdrawing the 5000 denari banknote from circulation as part of the National Bank's plans to re-balance the current structure of the notes in circulation. In 2017, the National Bank of the Republic of Macedonia unveiled its current banknotes, 10 and 50 denari, printed as polymer banknotes, and will be issued into circulation on May 15.
|1993 series (Issued October 1993)|
|10 denari||blue||The monument Makedonium in Kruševo||Panorama of Kruševo|
|20 denari||brown-dark red||Daut-Pasha Bath in Skopje||Clock tower in Skopje|
|50 denari||red||The Monastery of St. Pantelejmon in Skopje||The old National Bank of Macedonia building in Skopje|
|100 denari||brown||The church of St. Sofia in Ohrid||National Museum building in Ohrid|
|500 denari||brown-dark green||Monastery of St. Jovan Caneo in Ohrid||Samuil's Fortress in Ohrid|
|10 denari||lilac||The Egyptian goddess Isis (Izida, 2nd century BC), Ohrid; gold earring (4th century BC), v. Beranci, Bitola.||Mosaic in Stobi (4th-5th century).|
|50 denari||blue||Fresco in the church St. Pantelejmon, Nerezi; Follis coin.||Arhangel Gavril in the church St. Ǵorǵi, Kurbinovo.|
|100 denari||lilac-brown||Skopje from engraving by Jacobus Harevin||View of Skopje from an Albanian house|
|100px||500 denari||red-brown||Gold mask, v. Trebeništa, Ohrid (6th century BC)||Flower of poppy|
|1000 denari||brown||Madonna Episkepis, icon from the church of St. Vrači, Ohrid, 14th century||Gregory's gallery (14th century), church of St. Sofia, Ohrid|
|5000 denari||red-brown-green||Bronze figure of Maenad (6th century BC), Tetovo.||Dog and tree, mosaic, Heraclea Lyncestis (5th-6th century AD), Bitola.|
|Upgrade of the 1996 series|
|500 denari||red-brown||Gold mask, v. Trebeništa, Ohrid (6th century BC)||Flower of poppy.|
|1000 denari||brown||Madonna Episkepis, icon from the church St. Vrači, Ohrid, 14th century||Gregory's gallery (14th century), church St. Sofia, Ohrid|
|2014 series (Issued December 2016)|
|200 denari||Early medieval bronze fibula (found near Prilep); Relief of the Old Testament Psalm 41 (terracotta icon from Vinica)||Artistic elements on the façade of Colorful Mosque (Šarena Džamija, Alaca Cami), Tetovo; Marble tiles with floral designs of Isaak Beg Mosque (Isak Džamija), Bitola|
|2000 denari||Bronze artifact in the form of cup poppy (discovered in Suva Reka, Gevgelija); Macedonian bridal dress from Prilep||Decoration on the inside of a gilded bowl (16th century), "Source of Life", peacocks|
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|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Money of the Republic of Macedonia.|
- 20 years of the Macedonian denar will be celebrated Archived 2014-10-06 at the Wayback Machine. NovaMakedonija
- "National Bank of the Republic of Macedonia. Annual Report 1992" (PDF). www.nbrm.mk.
- "Со солзи и во тајност се печатеше првиот македонски денар&date= 6 September 2011". www.utrinski.mk.
- "National Bank of the Republic of Macedonia. Annual Report 1993" (PDf). www.nbrm.mk.
- "National Bank of the Republic of Macedonia, Annual Report 2011" (PDf). www.nbrm.mk.
- "Македонски - Пригодни ковани пари". www.nbrm.mk.
- "Македонски - Ковани пари во оптек". www.nbrm.mk.
- "National Bank of the Republic of Macedonia, DECISION ON WITHDRAWAL FROM CIRCULATION OF COINS IN DENOMINATION OF 50 DENI" (PDF). www.nbrm.mk. 26 April 2012.