Gold half-ounce medal Battle of Königgrätz proof
The competitions of the Czech National Bank are attended by a dozens of authors - an experienced professionals as well as a young talents, who are looking for their place in the sun. But the proposal, which will become the model for 200 CZK coin, can be only one. Therefore, to the most beautiful unrealized projects, has the Czech Mint dedicated a free series of a commemorative medals minted from one half troy ounce of pure gold. The third motif of 2016 is the 150th anniversary of the epic battle of Königgrätz.
This was a decisive event of Austro-Prussian War of 1866 - a conflict, that the Emperor Franz Joseph I. labeled as a "war of the Germans with Germans," and which ended in a disastrous defeat of Austria.
Second place in the competition was awarded to the experienced medalist and educator Luboš Charvát from Jablonec, for a highly creative piece. They appreciated the tragic rendition of the battle and especially the beautiful modeling of the horses and figures dominating the obverse of the medal. The clash of an Austrian cuirassier with a Prussian rider is opportune for the battle of Königgrätz - since it was the second largest cavalry battle of the 19th century, as well as the last of such a clash in Europe.
The reverse side of the medal is a showcase of a parts of the weaponry and equipment of both warring monarchies. Experts will rejoice over the Austrian cuirassier’s helmet, Prussian "Pickelhaube" with unmistakable spike on top, cavalry sabers and two types of rifles, which have become a synonymous with this encounter. The Austrian Lorenz muzzle and the Prussian Dreyse breech-loading rifle, also called the needle-gun are also featured. These structurally advanced needle-guns are often perceived as the decisive factor in the Austrian defeat, but their role has been deliberately exaggerated to divert an attention from the real causes of the military fiasco, consisting in improper organization of the Austrian army.
This medal is of limited edition with just 99 hand-numbered pieces and part of each of them is the Certificate of Authenticity, that includes a historical text along with an illustration of winners from Königgrätz - the Prussian King Wilhelm I and his son, Frederick III.