The Czech Republic is a landlocked country with a hilly landscape situated in Central Europe. The country was a part of Czechoslovakia until the nation was divided into the Czech Republic and the Slovakia Republic on December 31, 1992. On February 8, 1993, the first Czech koruna was introduced by the Czech National Bank. These notes were old Czechoslovak paper bills overprinted with the denomination in Roman and Arabic numerals. Eventually, banknotes specifically for the country were introduced in the same year. The obverse of the notes features Czech notable figures and personalities while the reverse has various designs along with the country’s coat of arms. Printed by Thomas De La Rue and Company Limited in London and Statni Tiskarina Cenin in Prague, the banknotes bear intaglio features to help the visually impaired distinguish between denominations.
Several issues were released afterward, bearing similar designs but with improved security attributes such as Omron rings, windowed security threads with demetalized text, and iridescent stripes in the case of the 2007-2009 issues. Meanwhile, the 2018 set of notes has an electrotype feature added to the watermark and an orange and green fluorescent ink.
In 2019, The Czech National Bank issued a commemorative 100-korun banknote in recognition of the Czechoslovak koruna’s 100th year.