Czech ducats coined in the Czech Mint in Jablonec nad Nisou have been popular among collectors since 1997.
This traditional coin series must not be missing from any annual Emission Plan of the Czech Mint, manufacturer of Czech commemorative coins and medals. The ducat quartet consists of a one-ducat, a two-ducat, a five-ducat and a ten-ducat coins. The theme usually covers a longer period with just the year changing - the motifs on the ducats from 1997 on are shown below. The 2014 quartet presents a brand new theme - Coronation Jewels.
The five-ducat coin with the weight of one half of a troy ounce (15.56 g) and the diameter of 28 mm is the second top achievement of the imaginary ranking of the quartet. The motif of this ducat is the Royal Sceptre - a symbol of secular power of the monarch.
The Royal Sceptre was made for King Ferdinand I of Habsburg by Hans Haller in 1533. The sceptre is made of 18-carat gold. This excellent German goldsmith decorated the sceptre with 4 pyrites, 5 rubies and 62 quartz stones. The total length of the sceptre is 67 cm and the weight is one kilogram. The sceptre is dominated with an extra large spinelle on the top.
The author of the five-ducat coin with the coined year 2014 is the significant Czech Academic sculptor Zbyněk Fojtů, a much demanded author of commemorative coins and medals with historic motifs.
Ducats of the Czech Republic issued by the Czech Mint
1997 - 1999 Child birth, Madonna of Krumlov, Child, Madonna with Child
2000 - 2004 Child birth, Children of the Third Millennium, Education, Family
2005 - 2006 Patriarch Bohemia, Princess Libuše, Přemysl the Plowman, St. Wenceslas
2007 – 2010 Art Nouveau, Baroque, Gothic, Art of Great Moravia
2011 – 2013 Bivoj legend, Horymír legend, Chod nation legend, Bruncvík legend