Gold ducat Cult of personality - F. D. Roosevelt proof

Gold ducat Cult of personality - F. D. Roosevelt proof

Stock state
In stock
Date of issue
November 2023
300 pcs
10,750 CZK
including VAT

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Cult of personality

The seventh gold ducat of the Czech Mint from the series called Cult of Personality commemorates the admired figure of F. D. Roosevelt.

When Franklin Delano Roosevelt married his cousin Eleanor, her uncle - President of the United States of America Theodore Roosevelt - led her to the altar. "FDR" may have dreamed of political office at the time, but he probably never imagined he would reach the same heights as his distant cousin... He began his career at the age of twenty-eight. He became a senator from New York State, Assistant Secretary of the Navy, but ran unsuccessfully for Vice President. His ambition and desire to climb the political ladder never left him, even after polio left him paralyzed from the waist down. His will was indomitable, and when he was elected Governor of New York he took it as a victory over the cruelty of fate. Perhaps that is why he had so much sympathy for all the weak and broken people - the workers and farmers who suffered from the Great Depression. As Roosevelt's popularity grew, he quickly became the best-known figure in the Democratic Party and was eventually elected the 32nd President of the USA. He decided to solve the bleak situation that had prevailed in the country since the crash of the New York Stock Exchange with a plan called the "New Deal". The bold social and economic reforms of the 'New Deal' were successfull, but were not to the liking of opponents who considered state intervention in the economy to be a manifestation of socialism or communism. However, that did not stop Roosevelt from becoming the longest-serving head of state in US history and the only American president to be elected to office four times in a row. However, successfully managing the Depression was not the greatest challenge of his presidency. That was World War II. At the beginning of the conflict, the Americans declared neutrality, but Roosevelt made it clear whose side he was on. He gave generous support to Great Britain, the Soviet Union, China, and other nations, to whom he provided an endless stream of arms and equipment under the "Lend-Lease Act." All U.S. industry was mobilized to develop war production, and when the United States finally joined the fight, Roosevelt assured it of a leading role in the allied coalition with Great Britain and the USSR, as well as a leading role in the postwar ordering of the planet. He did not live to see the final triumph, however, succumbing to a stroke just a month before the defeat of the Third Reich…

The obverse side of the ducat, which is the work of academic sculptor Jiří Dostál, presents a characteristic portrait of F. D. Roosevelt, supplemented with his name and life dates. "The reverse side consists of a loose representation of the flying American flag, whose four waves commemorate Roosevelt's four times being elected President of the USA in 1932, 1936, 1940 and 1944," explains the author.

Each ducat includes a special appendix that offers an objective look at F. D. Roosevelt through the eyes of historian Pavel Kosatik.


Collectors set
Czech mint
Author of the obverse
ak. soch. Jiří Dostál
Author of the reverse
ak. soch. Jiří Dostál
Numbered issue
986 / 1000
3.49 g
20 mm
Šedý papírový box
Czech Mint