Numismatics

100th anniversary of the end of the First World War (2018)

After four bloody years, the “War to end all wars” ended with the signing of three armistices: by the Ottoman Empire in October 1918, Austria-Hungary on 4 November 1918 and finally by Germany on 11 November of the same year. The war changed the idea of war up to that time, along with the geographical and political map of Europe and the world. It heralded the demise of the British Empire and the rise of the USA as a new world superpower.

The First World War left an indelible mark on northwest Slovenia and on the Posočje and Karst regions. From May 1915 to October 1917 the Soča (Isonzo) Front, a 90-kilometre section along the River Soča from Rombon to the Gulf of Trieste, was the scene of one of the biggest mountain conflicts in human history. Today the heritage of the Soča Front is linked together in the Walk of Peace from the Alps to the Adriatic. The period at the end of the First World War was an important time for the Slovenian nation, for at that time the Slovenians broke with Austria-Hungary, and in conjunction with other south Slavic nations they pursued the creation of a sovereign state. This led to the founding of the State of Slovenes, Croats and Serbs, which after just 33 days merged with the Kingdom of Serbia into the Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes.

On the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War, Slovenia is issuing collector coins as a respectful commemoration of all the victims of war that will serve to strengthen collective awareness and emphasise the values of peace, tolerance and coexistence. The cross symbolises the irreplaceable lives, and the gradual condensing of crosses to a blur symbolises the unimaginable and still today unknown number of victims. The mesh of crosses symbolises the military and also civilian victims. The vertical termination of the line of crosses visually supports the message “1918 – end of the First World War”.

Design: Robert Žvokelj, Ljubljana

Minting: Istituto Poligrafico e Zecca dello Stato, Italy

Gold coin Silver coin
Nominal value: EUR 100
Weight: 7 g
Diameter: 24 mm
Purity: Au 900/1000
Issued: 750 coins
Price: 320 €
Nominal value: EUR 30
Weight: 15 g
Diameter: 32 mm
Purity: Ag 925/1000
Issued: 1,500 coins
Price: 40 €
Issue date: November 12 2018 Issue date: November 12 2018
 
Bi-coloured collector coin
Nominal value: EUR 3
Weight: 15 g
Diameter: 32 mm
Alloy: centre Cu Ni / ring Cu Zn Ni
Issued: 60,000 coins
Price: 3 €
Issue date: November 12 2018

 

EUR 3 bi-coloured collector coin in plastic capsule

Banka Slovenije issued EUR 3 bi-coloured collector coin to mark 100th anniversary of the end of the First World Wat in proof quality and packed in plastic capsule. 1,500 pieces were issued and put for sale on November 12 2018 for the price of 15 € per piece.