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Commemorative Banknote Our Zoo – lower series

Introductory text for the product: In our offer, you can find a commemorative certificate in the form of a banknote with a tiger, giraffe, panda, meerkat, bear, zebra, chimpanzee, penguin, crocodile or leopard as well as many others. Purchase a commemorative banknote to support your favourite zoo in the Czech Republic or abroad.

300 incl. VAT (247.93  without VAT)

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We offer you a commemorative certificate in the form of a banknote with an animal motif

The number of expected prints to go on sale in the STC e-shop is currently 50-100 prints from each series and of each motif. The commemorative banknote is presented in a gift cover.

The expected number of prints to go on sale in the STC e-shop is only 50-100 prints.. The amount differs by the animal motif shown (for clarification, it is possible to use the filter for the product “Animal”).

The following commemorative banknotes are available in an edition of 100:
PANDA PURPLE OLOMOUC, 100 pieces numbered 251-350
PANDA GREEN CHOMUTOV, 100 pieces numbered 201-300
ELEPHANT GREEN LIBEREC, 100 pieces numbered 251-350
CHIMPANZEE RED LIBEREC, 100 pieces numbered 301-400
BEAR RED PILSEN, 100 pieces numbered 301-400

Other commemorative banknotes are offered in a quantity of 50 pieces/types.

Technical specification of the Commemorative Banknote:

Format: 146 x 69 mm
Paper: securities paper, watermarked with linden leaves, 100 g/m² and with protective double fibres (visible blue with blue fluorescent and invisible with green fluorescence under UV light)
Printing technique: offset, digital printing, hot embossing
Face colour: offset 5 colours (including 1 iris transition and 1 UV colour), digital printing, hot embossing silver metallic foil
Colour reverse: offset 4 colours (including 1 iris transition and 1 UV colour), digital printing,
Protective elements: watermarked paper with protective fibres, guilloche, price grid, micro lettering, iris transition, colours visible under UV
Author of animal drawing and collage: professional sculptor Majka Wichnerová
Design: Matej Gábriš, Petra Voslařová, Michal Krejcar

More about the project:

Since June of last year, collectors and visitors to European zoos have been able to purchase commemorative certificates in the form of Our Zoo banknotes printed at the Státní tiskárna cenin, s. p. These commemorative banknotes were created for an international design competition and their main theme is evolution. These banknotes featuring imaginative compositions with elaborate drawings of animals from the workshop of the creative duo of Czech professional sculptor and medalist Majka Wichnerová and Slovak designer Matej Gábris evoke exotic settings and depict rare animals. 

The commemorative certificates in the form of a banknote will appeal to animal lovers and nature conservationists who want to support the rescue of endangered animal species. The project involves zoological gardens in Liberec, Olomouc, Pilsen, Dvůr Králové, Ústí nad Labem, Hrádeček, Ostrava, Jihlava and Chomutov. By purchasing a commemorative certificate, you also support Central European zoological gardens in Poland (Wrocław, Opołe, Warsaw, Płock) and Slovakia (Bojnice, Košice).

The commemorative certificates in the form of banknotes were printed by the Státní tiskárna cenin, s. p. on watermarked linden leaf paper with visible and invisible fibres. Digital printing technology was used for the main motifs on the obverse and reverse side, including the numbering, while the other motifs in the underprint, including the UV colours, are printed using offset printing techniques. This issuance, which is intended for Czech zoological gardens, is enriched on the obverse side with a Czech lion made of silver foil, which was applied by hot stamping. On the Polish commemorative banknotes, the Polish eagle is depicted on the obverse side instead of a lion, and the Slovak commemorative banknotes feature the state emblem of a double cross.

“The visitors’ interest in commemorative certificates in the form of banknotes confirmed that we are a nation of collectors. And if this passion is connected with the support of endangered animal species, the efforts of all those involved in this project, from the artists to the printers and the implementation teams, are even more meaningful,” says Tomáš Hebelka, MSc, General Director of the Státní tiskárna cenin, s. p., which produces the commemorative sheets. “We are very pleased that this project was so successful last year and that together we can establish further issuances,” he adds. The issuance plan will continue for the next seven years, and new motifs should be added each year.

Jana Vinšová, director of the professional organisation Czechdesign, adds: “I appreciate the very responsible approach of the commissioner in finding all possible creative ways and the courage to undertake such a venture through a competition in illustrating.”

The main element of the commemorative certificate in the form of a banknote is a portrait of an animal set in its typical habitat. Collectors can look forward to the Siberian tiger, the Barbary lion, the green python, the Rothschild’s giraffe, the red panda and many others. The unifying element of the entire series of banknotes is the image of Charles Darwin, which is linked to one of his drawings on the reverse side, as well as other graphic elements. On the obverse side there is a band of intertwined animals and on the reverse side a spiral symbolising evolution.

“Animals are alive, so we tried to create vivid portraits using a combined technique of watercolour, crayon and pencil. We approached the design as simply as possible to provide the highest variability. The individual parts also conceal a number of protective elements such as microdot, inspection visor, guilloche and others,” describe the authors Majka Wichnerová and Matej Gábriš.

Commemorative banknotes can be purchased from the comfort of your own home on the STC e-shop or during a visit to your favourite zoo via a self-service machine that includes a UV light that reveals some of the protective features of these banknotes. For example, there are flagship motifs with fluorescent paint on the front of the banknote and cotton fibres that are part of the paper used, as is the case with real banknotes.

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