Coins Of The Yugoslav SFR: 10 Dinara (Yugoslavia, 1977)-Article

Updated: Dec 29, 2021

This large Yugoslavian coin represents the 8th denomination coin of the "Hard Dinar" (Series 1966). The 10 Dinara coin was first introduced in 1976 and was issued until 1981. It was replaced by a smaller design, which was issued until 1988. By this period the Hard Dinar was nearing the end of its circulation. Due to chronic inflation after President Tito's death, in 1981.

Notably the coin is a reeded-edged design made of a Copper-Nickel alloy and weighs a hefty 9.8 g. Its dimensions are 30 mm (1.18 in) wide and 1.97 mm (0.078) in thick. Making it similar in size to a US Half Dollar (30.61/1.205 in), in that respect. (This coin will be reviewed reverse first.)


The reverse features the 1963 Emblem of SFR Yugoslavia, which features 6 torches. These torches are a metaphor for the 6 constituent republics of the SFR. The pre-1963 version of this national seal featured only 5 torches. A sixth torch was added, representing the Socialist Republic of Bosnia and Herzegovina. In addition to recognizing the Bosniaks, as a distinct ethnic group.

Surrounding this emblem is a wreathed in Cyrillic and Latin script, with a pair of decorative breaks. This text represents the Yugoslavia's Serbo-Croatian speaking majority. In addition to serving as the de-facto language of the Federal Assembly.

Along the interior of the reverse rim is decorative beading, this does not appear on the observe side.


The observe features a large number "10" at its center. This reads in combination with a wreath of text representing Yugoslavia's 4 official languages. Starting from the upper right, these languages are Slovenian, Macedonian, Serbian, and Croatian. A series of dimples separates the various versions of "Dinara" and the mint date. The date "1977" can be seen directly below.

Beyond the text, is a second decorative 2-part wreath. The upper portion features 6 stars, representing the 6 constituent republics and their people. While lower portion features a oak (right) and olive (left) branch tied by a ribbon. Representing a unity of peace and strength, respectively.

Size Comparison

A 10 Dinara with US Half Dollar for scale.
A 10 Dinara with US Half Dollar for scale.

Additional Notes

  • The Hard Dinar ISO code was YUD, it used both din. and дин as symbols.

  • The Hard Dinar was sub-divided into 100 Para, coins were in Para and Dinar values.

  • The Hard Dinar was replaced by the convertible Dinar in 1 January 1990.

  • The final 10 "Hard" Dinara coin was made of brass, circulating only from 1988-1989.

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