Gold coin Old Town Square execution - Hangman Mydlář proof

Gold coin Old Town Square execution - Hangman Mydlář proof

Stock state
Sold out
Date of issue
February 2021
300 pcs

The product can also be purchased directly in the stores of the Czech Mint

Old Town Square execution

In 2021, exactly 400 years have passed since the execution of 27 Czech lords at the Old Town Square. Therefore, a four-part miniseries of the Czech Mint was created. The first gold coin commemorates the hangman Mydlář.

The hangmen were outsiders of society - despised but necessary. The Prague hangman and founder of the famous executioner dynasty
Jan Mydlář was not different. The purpose of his craft was not just decapitating or hanging the convicts. He was also adept at the various forms of torture that flourished in the 17th century. The hangman Mydlář did not distinguish whether the culprit was simple or noble. However, he was not a monster without emotion and intelligence. As the son of a respected scribe from Chrudim, he studied medicine at Charles University and came voluntarily to bloody profession that was normally hereditary – thanks to an unhappy love for a woman sentenced to death. However, he did not save her from the execution in the end. For all the cruelty that has surrounded him ever since, he relied on humanity, understanding, and love. The Old Town execution became a great test for him, which was a disgraceful example of Habsburg intolerance and in which, by coincidence of unfortunate circumstances, he had to torture and kill his good friend… Jan Mydlář became respected gradually. He was no longer seen as a devil's boy, but as a man of soul and reason. He enjoyed a respect that even many nobles did not know, and he became a favorite of Rudolf II.

Mgr. Petr Horák
depicted Jan Mydlář holding the hangman's sword on the reverse side of the coin. The composition is supplemented with other three swords, because the hangman blunted a total of four blades, a block of wood and a rope, as three of the convicts were hanged. The inscription presents. MASTER OF EXECUTION - HANGMAN JAN MYDLÁŘ and the date of execution on June 21, 1621. Since the coins of the Czech Mint are licensed by a foreign issuer, the island of Niue, the obverse side bears the state emblem, the nominal value of 10 DOLLARS (NZD) and the year of issue 2021. This is supplemented with the Old Town sidewalk with twenty-seven crosses.

You can store four coins in a wooden
collector's case which you will also find in the offer of the Czech Mint.


Collectors set
Nominal value
10 NZD
Author of the obverse
Mgr. Petr Horák
Author of the reverse
Mgr. Petr Horák
Numbered issue
999,9 / 1000
7.78 g
22 mm
Black leather case
Czech Mint