Macedonia 1-DENAR (KM5) Sarplaninec
The Sarplaninec [shar-pla-NEE-netz] (aka Yugoslavian Shepherd Dog) is a medium-sized dog breed from the Balkans. The Sar is well known in the Balkans and has long been an important guardian of livestock. The dog is described as calm and aloof with outsiders, but when a threat presents itself the dog erupts into swift ferocity.
It was pointed out to me by Macedonian-born Martin that the name "Sarplaninac" (which I previously identified this dog as, based on the Wikipedia entry) is actually the Serbian name, and that "Sarplaninec" is the Macedonian name.
In 1995, a special issue of the Sar Denar was issued celebrating 50 years of the FAO. The coin was struck in two different metals: Brass (KM5) and Copper-Nickel-Zinc (KM5a).
- Diameter: 23.8 mm
- Composition: Brass
- CAT#: KM5a