The Croatian National Bank has authorised the release of new gold and silver bullion-quality collector coins which feature designs with a unique historical and cultural background. Inspired by the Trsat dragons, or basilisks, they were made into bronze sculptures in the first half of the 19th century at the request of the Austrian field marshal, Count Laval Nugent (1777–1862), who was born in Ballynacor, County Westmeath, Ireland. The mythical basilisks, which through Rijeka’s folklore began to be referred to as Trsat dragons, represent mythical creatures with the characteristics of a snake, a dragon, and a rooster. They are considered the guardians of the Trsat Castle above the town of Rijeka and were an integral part of the noble coat of arms of the Nugent family. Their creation was entrusted to the famous Viennese sculptor Anton Dominik Fernkorn, whose works left an indelible mark on Croatian sculpture of the 19th century.
The gold and silver coins share the same design and are produced by the Croatian Mint at their facilities in Sveta Nedelja on behalf of the Croatian National Bank. Designed by graphic artist Natalia Danysz, the obverse and reverse depicts an image of the Trsat dragon statue facing to the right on the obverse and to the left on the reverse. Also shown on the obverse is the shield or coat of arms of Count Laval Nugent. Above the primary design is the text REPUBLIKA HRVATSKA (“Croatia”) with the denomination of 100 EURO (gold) or 4 EURO (silver) placed just below and to the left of the dragon’s head.
The reverse includes the inscription TRSATSKI ZMAJ (“Trsat dragon”) shown above the primary design along with the year of issue 2024 placed just to the right of the dragon’s head.
Both the gold and silver coins are encapsulated and presented in a custom case accompanied by a certificate of authenticity. For additional information, please click here.