“Nikola Tesla was born in Smiljan on the territory of Croatia. And he lived most of his life in the USA. It is citizens who have recommended that one of the future euro coins should include the image of Nikola Tesla, we do not appropriate anybody,” Plenković said after the NBS said on Thursday that putting Tesla’s image on the national side of euro coins if Croatia joined the euro area “would represent appropriation of the cultural and scientific legacy of the Serb people.”
Plenković elaborated that the suggestion made by Croatians amounted to a great gesture, having in mind the fact that Tesla was of Serb descent and his own merits globally were unquestionable.
We can be proud of that. I cannot see why somebody may deem it as a problem. If I were on the helm of the National Bank of Serbia, I would send congratulations (for such a decision), the Croatian PM said.
The NBS responded with its objections after Plenković announced that Tesla’s image would appear on 50, 20 and 10 cent euro coins when Croatia joined the euro area.
The Croatian National Bank Currency Committee on Wednesday defined a final proposal of motifs for the national side of Croatia’s future euro coins. This will now be considered by the National Council for the introduction of the euro as Croatia’s official currency, after which the government will adopt a conclusion.
The Croatian coat-of-arms, a geographical map of Croatia, the marten (after which the Croatian currency is named), the Glagolitic script and Tesla are motifs that have been proposed.
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