PMG's Featured Note of the Month: Serbia 100 Dinara

Posted on 7/21/2020

Serbian-American inventor Nikola Tesla adorns the front side of the 100 Dinara banknote.

Serbia, National Bank, Pick# 57b, 2013, 100 Dinara, front
Graded PMG 67 Superb Gem Uncirculated EPQ.
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Serbia, National Bank, Pick# 57b, 2013, 100 Dinara, back
Graded PMG 67 Superb Gem Uncirculated EPQ.
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Country: Serbia

Catalog Number: Pick# 57

Date: 2012-13

Denomination: 100 Dinara

Varieties: The a-variety is dated 2012, the b-variety 2013.

What makes it special? This note has more detailed arms on the back, differing from the 2006 issue (Pick# 49). The redesign was part of a law passed in 2010, standardizing the coat of arms and flag of Serbia.

Why is it interesting now? The note features a portrait of Nikola Tesla, Serbian-American inventor, who was born on July 10, 1856. Though not an official observance, Nikola Tesla Day is celebrated by some organizations on July 10.

Did you know? The back of the note shows an image of a white bird, known as “Tesla’s Dove.” While he lived in New York, Tesla walked to the park every day to feed pigeons. He also fed them from the window of his hotel room. There was one bird, a female, all-white pigeon, that came to him injured. He nursed the injured bird, building her a device to support her while her broken wing and leg healed. Tesla wrote of the bird, “I loved that pigeon as a man loves a woman, and she loved me. As long as I had her, there was a purpose to my life.”

Total graded by PMG: 15 across both varieties.

PMG median grade: 66 EPQ

PMG highest graded: 68 EPQ★

Sales highlights: This note can be found raw on eBay for just a few dollars.

PMG Registry Champion: This note is part of the Serbia 1905-2011 Issues Set, P11-P57 and National Bank of Serbia Set, 2003-2011, P40-P57.

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