This year, the whole world commemorates an important anniversary – long 70 years passed since the end of World War II. But the end was brought about by a number of events which importance changed the course of history forever. Four of them in the form of an extraordinary series of coins made of pure gold called The end of World War II are presented by The Czech Mint in this jubilee year. After the Liberation of Auschwitz and the Battle of Iwo Jima, another treat is prepared for your numismatic collection - gold coin Smart 5 NZD The Red Army captures Berlin .
At a time when Stalin's troops approached the heart of the Third Reich, one of the most terryfying conflicts of history was culminating. After a lightning advance of Soviet troops towards Germany, a slaughter awaited Berlin on 25th
April. During four days of fierce fighting the major part of the city was conquered - on 29th
April the Red Army occupied the Ministry of Defence
and a day later attacked the Reichstag
. It was decided at that moment and Hitler had to admit defeat
. After noon on 30th April, together with his wife Eva, he took his own life. On the same day, at ten o'clock in the evening, two soldiers of the Red Army hung Soviet flag on the dome of the Reichstag.
Joseph Goebbels made an attempt to ceasefire. In vain. Stalin was determined to force humiliated superpower to unconditional surrender. Joseph Goebbels
gave up his efforts. With his wife, they first poisoned their children and then committed suicide. General Weidling ended the combats on 2nd
May. He ordered the Berlin garrison to surrender, and thus ended the bloodiest chapter in modern history. On 7th
May the German High Command signed with the Western Allies surrender act in Reims. The act was signed by representatives of the Soviet Union and the Western powers the following day in Berlin. The 8th May went down in history as the end of the 2nd World War in Europe.
Although the Battle of Berlin brought the best possible result, its score was horryfying - half a million fallen soldiers of the Red Army. However, losses amongst the Germans were even higher - one million men and countless Berlin's civilians. The capture of Berlin became the Stalin`s greatest military triumph and the greatest satisfaction for the residents of the liberated countries after years of suffering. The Czech Mint prepared this topic in the form of atractive pure gold Smart coin, which was prepared for mintage by excellent medalist Jakub Orava. The iconic scene on the obverse side of the coin together with the inscription CAPTURE OF BERLIN - CUPOLA OF REICHSTAG ON 30TH APRIL 1945 is an exhibition of his young talent that will add high artistic value to your refined collections.