Gold ducat to the birth of a child 2024 "Stork" proof

Gold ducat to the birth of a child 2024 "Stork" proof

Stock state
In stock
Date of issue
January 2024
10,750 CZK
including VAT

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

Product description

Our ancestors gave the lucky penny to newborn babies. In the families of rich noblemen and poor peasants, the baby was usually given a talisman in the form of a coin made of precious metal by the godfather or godmother. The coin was placed into the cradle, giving rise to the phrases "in the wrapper" and "in the swaddle", which are still used today in connection with baby gifts. The fashion for "wine coins" flourished in the Czech lands in the Renaissance era, and after the establishment of Czechoslovakia the state began to issue the so-called St. Wenceslas ducats which people quickly grew to love for this purpose, and the Czech Mint follows this tradition today for example by issuance of this gold ducat with a stork motif.

In ancient times, storks were worshiped all over the world. The noble feathered creatures symbolised piety and justice in ancient Egypt, immortality in China and they brought new life in Europe. The Germanic pagans believed that it was not only frogs that lived in the marshes, which were a favourite delicacy of the stork, but also the souls of unborn children. The storks hunted these souls and placed them in the bodies of the future mothers. Weddings then took place at the celebration of the summer solstice at the end of June, and when the storks returned home from the warm lands in the spring, many newlyweds were about to give birth. The notion of the stork bearing children was aided by the fact that it represented a caring parent who devotedly tended his or her offspring. The superstition has survived into modern times, and has helped parents avoid delicate conversations with older siblings of newborn children for hundreds of years. Where did the baby come from? A stork brought it! Why is mommy lying in bed? A stork pecked her! The children were happy to accept that explanation...

The medal maker Lenka Nebeská, DiS. dedicated the reverse side of a gold ducat to the stork carrying a little knot in its beak. The obverse side presents a baby sleeping in a scarf.

Do not miss other variants of the baby birth coin - in our offer for 2024 you will find two different precious metals, two different artistic motifs and special variants on which a dedication can be engraved. You can find out more about baby gifts on our thematic website:


Czech mint
Author of the obverse
Lenka Nebeská, DiS.
Author of the reverse
Lenka Nebeská, DiS.
Numbered issue
986 / 1000
3.49 g
20 mm
Bílý papírový box
Czech Mint