Thousands queue up to buy commemorative Czech banknote

The Czech National Bank has issued a 1,000 crown banknote to commemorate the birth of an independent Czech currency after the split of Czechoslovakia.   

Thousands of people braved the freezing cold, queuing up outside the Prague branch of the Czech National Bank since the early hours of Wednesday to buy a special 1, 000 crown banknote issued on the 30th anniversary of the Czech crown. The Czech currency was born of the split of Czechoslovakia in 1993. The banknote, which will also be valid in normal commercial transactions, can be purchased for 1,000 crowns at the central bank's cash desks in Prague, České Budějovice, Plzeň and Ústí nad Labem, Hradec Králové, Brno and Ostrava.

The central bank is putting 200,000 pieces of the special banknote into circulation.