Banknotes and coins

What euro banknotes and coins are used in Slovakia?

In Slovakia as in other eurozone countries there are seven types of euro banknotes in the nominal values of 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 200 and 500 EUR and eight euro coins in the nominal values 2 and 1 EUR and 50, 20, 10, 5, 2 and 1 cents. Every euro banknote represents one architectural style. Displayed designs do not represent any particular architectural monument, but characteristic features of different architectonic styles in form of windows, gates and bridges. Windows and gates displayed on front side of the banknotes are the symbols of European spirit of openness and cooperation. The bridges on the rear symbolize the communication between nations and between Europe and rest of the world. More information about security features can be found on:

Origins of Slovak Euro Coins

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Exchange of Slovak banknotes and Slovak coins

If you cannot exchange the money personally you may send them to the National Bank of Slovakia by post. Instructions  are at the web page:

The address for sending money by the registered letter:
National Bank of Slovakia
Cash Handling Section
Imricha Karvasa 1
813 25 Bratislava
You will be informed about the exchange of money by a letter from the Cash Handling Section.

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According to the Act of the National Council of the Slovak Republic No. 566/1992 Coll. on the National Bank of Slovakia (article 17a, para 1) within cash transactions in the Slovak Republic, it shall be prohibited to refuse to accept legal tender in its nominal value without lawful reason. This applies to euro banknotes and coins of all nominal values. At the same time, if somebody refuses to accept without lawful reason the legal tender he constitutes criminal offence (according to the article 273 of the Criminal Code of the Slovak Republic no. 300/2005 Coll.)   

According to the act on the NBS (article 17a, para 2), as of the euro introduction date, legal persons and natural persons in the Slovak Republic shall, in regard to the making of monetary payments, accept the legal tender; they may refuse legal tender and return accepted legal tender into circulation pursuant to separate legal provisions applicable in the euro area to euro banknotes and euro coins, and, in the extent set out in these separate legal provisions, pursuant to the terms laid down in the act or in other separate legal provisions.

 According to European and Slovak legislation natural persons and legal entities (except for the NBS and the banks) can in one single payment refuse only valid collector euro coins produced from precious metals. 

Besides, no party, except for the issuing authority and for those persons specifically designated by the national legislation of the issuing Member State, shall be obliged to accept more than 50 coins in one single payment (article 11 of the Council Regulation (EC) No 974/98 of 3 May 1998 on the introduction of the euro).
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Is it possible to restrict acceptance of euro banknotes of the nominal value 500 EUR?
Valid legal provisions, either in Slovakia or in the eurozone, do not enable the legal entities to refuse any euro cash due to e. g. high nominal value of the banknote. Top of page
How to exchange damaged banknotes?

Replacement of mutilated, incomplete and otherwise damaged Euro banknotes is realised in the amount corresponding to the denomination of the euro banknotes submitted, or sent by post, in the manner described at the following address:

The replacement personally is performed at the cash desks at NBS's Headquarters and local offices, during the hours of opening to the public.

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Is it possible to exchange banknotes of the former federal currency in the NBS?

Exchange of stamped or unstamped Czechoslovak banknotes for valid euro banknotes is not possible anymore. Last stamped federal banknote in the value of 500 Czechoslovak crowns lost its validity on 10 January 1994.

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