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The reverse of the first coin series, issued from 1993, featured 16 rays of a symbolic rising sun, and the denomination.

Below you see the coins of the 1993 series all together.
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On 5 October 1995, Macedonia adopted a new national flag. It depicts a stylised yellow sun on a red field, with eight broadening rays extending from the center to the edge of the field. This symbol is known in the country as 'the new sun of liberty'.




From Wikipedia:

The first flag of the country, known as the Vergina Flag, featured the Vergina Sun, a symbol that had been discovered at Aigai, the first capital and burial ground of the ancient kings of Macedon. Greece considers the Vergina Sun to be a Greek symbol and imposed a year-long economic embargo in order to force the then Republic of Macedonia to remove it from its flag, resulting in the current design.
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In 1995 Macedonia released circulating commemorative versions of its coinage.

They commemorated the 50th anniversary of the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations.

The country name was shown both in the Cyrillic and Latin alphabets.

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The reverse of the 1995 FAO-themed coins featured the FAO's logo.

Several countries issued FAO-themed commemorative coins in 1995.
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In the year 2000 Macedonia issued a special 1 denar coin.

It was a circulation coin that commemorated 2000 years of Christianity.


The obverse featured a cross from the St. George monastery of Kavadarci.

The reverse featured the logo of the National Bank of the Republic of Macedonia.

The logo is a representation of an ancient copper Byzantine coin.


Under communism, coins with Christian or religious themes were usually not permitted.

Nowadays, many Slav countries issue coins with religious themes.

The legend shown in the Latin alphabet was clearly used to appeal to collectors worldwide.
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A mule of the commemorative Year 2000 denar coin also exists.

The obverse of the coin was accidentally muled with the reverse of a regular 1 denar coin.

This muled coin apparently escaped into circulation.
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In 2008 Macedonia issued a new circulating denomination, the 10 denari coin.

The coin is made of nickel-brass.


The peacock on the obverse is based on an ancient mosaic.

The mosaic was found in the town of Stobi, near Gradsko.
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In 2008 Macedonia issued a second new circulating denomination, the 50 denari coin.

The coin is made of nickel-brass.

The obverse features a fresco of Archangel Gabriel.

The fresco is located in the Church of St. George, near Kurbinovo.




The image seen above is courtesy of coinz.eu.

The site is well worth a visit. It famously insists that every coin has three sides, not just two.

It therefore always shows the third side, namely the edge.
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The fresco of the Archangel Gabriel in the Church of St. George, near Kurbinovo.
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The design on the obverse of the 10 denari coin was taken from the 10 denari banknote.
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The design on the obverse of the 50 denari coin was taken from the 50 denari banknote.
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National emblem of Macedonia since 2009.




From Wikipedia:

Until 16 November 2009 the national emblem of Macedonia also depicted a communist five-pointed star at the top. The national parliament adopted the proposal to remove this element with 80 votes in favor and 18 against. This emblem (including the red star) had been in use since 1946, shortly after the republic became part of Yugoslavia.

The emblem is based upon the emblem of Yugoslavia. Along with Belarus and Transnistria, the Republic of North Macedonia is one of the few remaining European countries that continue to employ communist symbolism in its national emblem.
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In 2016 a new alloy type of the 1 denar coin was issued. It was now made of brass and copper-plated steel.

In 2018 a new alloy type of the 2 denari coin was issued. It was now made of brass and copper-plated steel.

The obverse and reverse designs remained the same, as did the approximate size and weight.
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In February 2019, Macedonia and Greece negotiated an end to their years-long dispute over Macedonia's name when Macedonia officially renamed itself the Republic of North Macedonia.
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