Ducat Establishment of Czechoslovakia - Declaration of Independence proof
The Washington Declaration launched the five-part miniseries of the Czech Mint "Foundation of Czechoslovakia", which describes the events of 1918 connected with the establishment of the common state of the Czechs and Slovaks. This declaration of independence originated and was presented abroad, but it was also on the domestic floor. The second golden ducat commemorates the Declaration of independence of Czechoslovakia.
After the Washington Declaration was issued on October 18, 1918, the humiliated Habsburg monarchy had no other choice but to accept peace and to recognize the right of Czechs and Slovaks to freedom and independence. The events that followed culminated in on October 28, 1918. The people who learned about the diplomatic achievements of their leaders went to the streets and began to celebrate independence. The largest gathering of course took place at Wenceslas Square in Prague, which is dedicated to our saint patron. About eleven o'clock, Isidor Zahradnik, the priest and politician who worked in the home resistance, went out of the crowd at the cavalry sculpture and spontaneously pronounced a sentence which was considered to be the proclamation of Czechoslovakia: "We are free. Here at the monument of St. Wenceslas, we swear that we want this freedom to be worthy, that we also want to defend it with our lives. "At the time, no one less than Alois Jirasek , a writer and great chronicler of our history, was able to read the proclamation of declaration of an independent and democratic Czechoslovakia. The report on the establishment of Czechoslovakia was telegraphed around the world. Later on the same day, Men of October 28 released the official statement - but that's the story of another ducat…
The author of the gold ducats ministry is the talented medal maker Jiri Hanus, DiS. The well-thought-out designs of individual mintages compare the foundation of Czechoslovakia with the painting process, when the artist repaints the old painting and uses the original surface to create something completely new. The first ducat of the ministry was dedicated to the Washington Declaration - a metaphorical canvas in the form of a Habsburg eagle, the artist painted the decor of the historical document and the rough outline of the future new state. The emblem of the monarchy in the relief of the second ducat is already completely extinct (the obverse side) and is replaced by a plastic map of the post-war Europe with the dominant Czechoslovakia (reverse side).
The unprecedented "painting process" will continue on the next three ducats. Do not forget that you can store the whole series in a wooden collector's etui.