Officially, The Slovak Republic came into existence on January 1, 1993 after the fall of communism in Russia, often referred to as the “Velvet Revolution”, and their split from Czechoslovakia, often referred to as the “Velvet Divorce”.
Slovakia wasted little time issuing their own coinage in the first year as a Republic (1993) and one fine example from this period is the 20 Halierov or 20 Hellers.
Minted from 1993 to 2003, the 20 Halierov met an early demise as the denomination (as well as the 10 Halierov) was terminated on December 31, 2003. Though eliminated for cost reasons, if it was kept it would have been eliminated eventually as Slovakia adopted the Euro as its standard coinage beginning in 2009.
The obverse design features the traditional Slovakia coat of arms, the Double Cross on Three Hills, as designed by Ivan Řehák. Beneath the design are the words “SLOVENSKA REPUBLIKA” (Slovakia Republic) as well as the year of issue.
The reverse design features a simple but beautiful representation of Mount Kirvan as well as the denomination value “20 h”.
General Market Notes
Of all the years, 2003 is the only key to the series. But a small demand has kept the prices extremely low and affordable.