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                  News item and accompanying photographs
                                           Luka Ilić *
                             PHILADELPHIA, January 4, 2007

On January 1, 2007 Slovenia became the thirteenth member state of the European Union to adopt the Euro as its national currency. Although the Euro is the uniform currency of the EU, all coins have a common European side and an individual national side. Thus, the various member states sometimes place images of important personalities from their history on the backs of the coins.

The new Slovenian 1-euro coin shows the bust of Primus Truber (Primož Trubar), 1508-1586, Lutheran reformer and author of the first printed book in Slovenian in 1550, Catechism. The wording “Stati inu Obstati” (To stand and withstand), which is taken from Truber’s sermon on faith published in Catechism, is inscribed in a semi-circle on the coin.

Truber, born thirty kilometers south of Ljubljana on 8 June 1508, was educated in Rijeka, Trieste, Salzburg and Vienna. In 1530 he was ordained as a Catholic priest. In the 1540s Truber began serving communion in both Catholic and Protestant ways in Ljubljana and as a result he was exiled from Slovenia in 1548. He escaped to Nürnberg, where preacher Dietrich Veit offered him refuge. It was only then that Trubar officially left the Catholic Church and joined Lutheranism. His first pastorate was in Rothenburg ob der Tauber and later on he became a pastor in Kempten and then in Urach. Early in 1557 Truber published the translation of the four Gospels and the Acts of the Apostles into Slovenian. It was the first part of the New Testament translation which he eventually completed. From 1561 he was general superintendent in Ljubljana from where he was exiled a second time in 1565. He returned to Germany again, where he served as a pastor in Deredingen, a suburb of Tübingen, where he died at the age of 78.

Today, Truber is recognized in Slovenia as the most important figure of their Protestant history and as a formative influence on the written Slovene language. As a matter of fact, almost every larger city in the country has a street named after him. To honor the 500th anniversary of their native son’s birth in 2008, the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts has announced the publication of Truber’s 10-volume complete works.

Truber had previously been featured on the 10 Tolar bank note, the Slovenian currency prior to the adoption of the Euro. Slovenia is the so far the only former Yugoslav republic to have joined the European Union (in 2004) and the first one of the new member states to switch to the Euro.

* Note:  Luka Ilić was a Ph.D. student at the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia at the time we received this information.  He since received his Ph.D. in 2012.  Luka was born and raised in Croatia (ten miles from the Slovenian border).  Luka has done extensive research on the Protestant history and theology in South East Europe, about which he has published several articles.  He is also a member of the Slovenian Protestant Society "Primus Truber".  As per "Class Notes" on the Lutheran Theological Seminary website dated August 2015, Luka
is Pfarrer at Evangelische Landeskirche in Württemberg and on the faculty at Leibniz Institute of European History. He resides in Ravensburg, Germany with his wife and son.