The history of our country has its happy moments as well as a places utterly tragic. In every period, stood at the head of the state someone, who had the responsibility for its ups and downs. In our history it was the Czechoslovakia's presidents, to whom the Czech Mint dedicated an attractive series of commemorative medals of pure gold. After Emil Hácha and Klement Gottwald receives his ducat another controversial figure - Antonín Zápotocký.
Antonín Zápotocký went down in a history primarily as a second communistic president, who took over the government after Klement Gottwald. Originally trained as a stonemason, he participated in the First World War as a soldier in the Austro-Hungarian army. He later joined the communist party, where he was actively involved. During the World War II he was imprisoned in the concentration camp. Following the communist putsch in February 1948, he became the deputy chairman of the Czechoslovak government, in 1953 the chairman and after the death of Klement Gottwald, on March 21, 1953, was elected the President of Czechoslovakia. He held this post until his death in 1957. He is often referred to as the "father of the workers" for his positive attitude towards the working class, even though it was often historically idealized.
The obverse of the gold medal with a ducat weight has the academic sculptor Jiří Dostál dedicated to a faithful portrait of our third postwar president. In the description is included the statesman's name ANTONÍN ZÁPOTOCKÝ along with the biographical data 1884-1957. Also recorded is his most crucial act, the MONETRAY REFORMS, together with the devaluation of savings, to the ratio of 1: 5/1: 50. The obverse bears at the edge Zápotocký function of PRESIDENT OF CZECHOSLOVAK REPUBLIC, the years 1953 and 1957 marking the period, when was the head of state, and a tastefully overlapping symbols, which are the small emblem of the Czechoslovak Republic, outline of the borders of the former Czechoslovakia and the five-pointed star, pointing to the east. The currency also features a depiction of the one farthing coin from the year 1953.
Do not hesitate to enrich your collection of Czechoslovak presidents of another addition - it has not only a historical overlap, but also an interesting investment potential!