Gold coin Prague - National Theatre proof
The motive of the fifth gold coin of the Czech Mint, weighing one half of a gram, which is placed in the replica of a lithographic postcard, is once again the hundred-tower Prague. The National Theater, whose stone was laid before 150 years ago is introduced to the numismatics and postcard makers after the Prague Castle and the Charles Bridge.
Lithographic postcards are the oldest type of postcards. Their work was demanding by artistic processing and production, and therefore mostly sought by collectors. There often were panoramas of beautiful settlements, which, of course, could not miss the capital of the Czech lands. The Prague lithographic postcards have been published at a higher cost since the end of the 19th century and captured significant buildings. The multi-media decorative postcard which served as coin packaging pattern captures Lesser Town of Prague, the New German Theater (today's State Opera House) and the National Theater building from the waterfront viewpoint. It was published by Carl Schwager in Dresden in 1899 and sent to the Saxon town of Sebnitz in the same year. It is interesting that this postcard existed with pre-printed text both in Czech and German. The stormy circumstances in which the National Theater arose provided it with a privileged position in the postcard, which continues to this day.
The gold mini-coin of the young medal maker David Kružliak presents the neo-Renaissance building of the National Theater in all its beauty on the reverse side. The obverse side belongs to the attributes of the island of Niue (the name and the profile of Emperor Elizabeth II, the year of the issue 2018 and the nominal value of 5 DOLLARS (NZD)), which gives the Czech Mint a foreign license to coin its own commemorative coins.
The issue represents an original and accessible collector's piece, which is a commemoration of the round patriotic jubilee and an attractive regional gift.