Following the birth of Czechoslovakia as an independent state, the citizens requested the introduction of a national currency. For this purpose, the creation of a bureaucratic and technical apparatus was necessary and, therefore, on April 10, 1919, a reform took place and decreed the birth of the new “koruna” having an equal value to the old currency of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. Thus, on April 15, 1919, the Czechoslovakian Crown was issued for the first time in 1, 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 500, 1000, and 5000 Czk bills. The coins were minted only a few years later, starting 1922. The printing was commissioned to various printing houses, and the decorations were entrusted to various artists. For example, the famous Alfons Mucha was the author of the first 10, 20, 100 and 200-crown bills. The printing quality was initially quite low and the counterfeiting of the bills was, therefore, easily possible, almost immediately after their issuance.