Since the founding of independent Czechoslovakia in 1918 the country had nine presidents. First of them was Tomáš Garrigue Masaryk. Czech Mint series Czechoslovak Presidents pays tribute to all the highest representatives of the republic. The artistic design of the medals was created by academic sculptor Jiří Dostál.
On the obverse side the author depicted the first president in profile (typical depiction), and placed here the years of his birth and death and the text "The Founding Father of the State ". With these words the Czech National Assembly recognized Masaryk’s key role in the establishment of an independent state on the occasion of his 80th birthday. On his abdication in 1935 he was awarded a title of honour “President Liberator“. The reverse side is adorned by the state emblem of the Czechoslovak Republic and text The First President of Czechoslovakia.
Gold ducat T. G. Masaryk introduces the unique series Czechoslovak Presidents with an exceptional personality of our new history. Tomáš Garrigue Masaryk was pedagogue, politician, statesman and philosopher. He also served as a deputy in the Austrian Reichrat (The Austrian Parliament) and became a university professor.
Masaryk advocated antimonarchist views and called for a better state organization in eastern Europe. He strived to put the Czech nation on the map and succeeded in persuading leaders of world powers about the necessity and usefulness of founding an independent Czech state. Tomáš Garrigue Masaryk was pivotal in establishing Czechoslovak Legions and his efforts to form an independent state culminated on the day of his election as the first Czechoslovak president on 14 November 1918. He executed this function until 1935 when he had to resign because of ill health.
Masaryk died in 1937 and with him went away a symbol of moral greatness and immense human authority. His key role in the founding of the state is a permanent part of Czech history and many of his ideas are our national treasure. Hardly any other statesman authored so many often repeated quotations that should be carved in stone. Czech Mint struck in the precious metal an extraordinary personality of national, as well as world history. Gold ducat T. G. Masaryk belongs to every worthy collection. The edition is limited to 500 pieces.