Euro Coin Starter Kit
Starter kits containing 45
Slovak euro coins
sold like "hot cakes" on Monday, according to
Slovak Spectator. Reports say the
sold out at large city banks and post offices
within hours as people waited in long lines.
That, despite the inability to spend the money
until January 1, 2009, when Slovakia officially
adopts the euro.
Some 1.2 million total kits worth 500 korunas
(€16.6 euros, $21) are up for sale in an attempt
to ease the currency switch. EUbusiness said
about half were gone by Monday.
"The demand for the
euro starter packs was
extremely high. We expected high demand, but not
to this extent," said
Slovak Post Office
spokesman Juraj Danielis.
"Many post offices in all
Slovak towns ran out
of their supplies in 30 minutes. People were
waiting in queues since early morning."
Each kit contain five 1 euro-cent coins, the
same number of 2-cent and 5-cent coins, six
10-cent coins, eight 20-cent coins, eight
50-cent coins, six €1 coins and two €2 coins.
Slovak euro coin designs
The €1 and €2 coins depict a double cross on
three hills, as featured in the national emblem
of Slovakia. It is the first time that the
Christian crucifix will be included on the side
of a euro coin whose design the individual
member countries can decide over, although Spain
and Portugal have images of famous cathedrals on
some of their coins.
The 10, 20 and 50 cent coins show Bratislava
castle and the national emblem of Slovakia.
The 1, 2 and 5 cent coins feature the Tatra
Mountains’ peak, Kriváň, a symbol of the
sovereignty of the
Slovak nation, and the
national emblem of Slovakia
The euro will be the sixth currency in
Slovakia’s history and will replace the Slovak
koruna, which was introduced in 1993 when
Czechoslovakia split into the two states of the
Czech Republic and Slovak Republic.
Beginning on January 1, people can exchange
their money for the new euros.
can be used in transactions until January 16.