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Gold half-ounce medal Bedřich Hrozný deciphered the ancient Hittite language proof

Price (including VAT)
25,950 CZK
960 EUR
Stock state
Sold out
Code
30999-631

Approximate purchase price
On request
pcs

New discoveries always pushes the humanity towards understanding of the universe itself, the Earth and its ancient history and also the Czechs were present in a number of these significant moments  This year marks the 100th anniversary of the moment when prof. PhDr. Bedčich Hrozný deciphered the Hittite language and assign it to the Indo-European language family. Thus he  opened the door to an imaginary research into the history and culture of the former inhabitants of Asia Minor. On this special occasion, the Czech Mint has prepared a unique numismatic delicacy - a thematic one-half troy ounce medal made of pure gold. 

Bedřich Hrozný was born on 6th May, 1879 in the family of an evangelical pastor. His linguistic talent he used already at high school, where he was tought by Justin Václav Prášek himself, a  known orientalist. In his youth Hrozný acquired a except for commonly used languages ​​also Latin, Greek, Arabic and Hebrew. In Vienna, he began studying theology, but soon he changed it for the Faculty of Arts. There he dedicated himself  to Sanskrit, Sumerian, Aramaic, Assyrian and Ethiopic, of course he paid attention to cuneiform

In 1904 he went to Turkey, Syria, Palestine and Egypt, where he together with prof. Ernst Sellin examined cuneiform texts. A German expedition found Hittite kings archive containing a series of clay tablets described hitherto unknown type of cuneiformin the northeast of Ankara, in 1906. Its secret was deciphered by Bedřich Hrozný during the First World War, when he served as a clerk staff in Vienna. He dicovered that it is the Hittite, and prepared the first scheme of its grammar. Hrozný continued his valuable archaeological work for the rest of his life, however, deciphering of the Hittite, will forever remain his most famous feat.

This extraordinary medal also pays tribute to him by the sculptor Zbyněk Fojtů. There is  is an original portrait of Bedřich Hrozný bordered by striking embossed background depicting cuneiform. On the obverse side of the coin there is the clay plate with Hittite text and its translation NOW YOU WILL EAT BREAD AND DRINK WATER THEN. One hundred years ago, this sentence was precisely became Hrozný`s key to decipher the Hittite. The numbered gold medals are ready to bembellish only 99 selected numismatic collections!
Material
Gold
Weight
15.56 g
Fineness
999,9 / 1000
Diameter
28 mm
Quality
PROOF
Edge
Plain numbered edge
Author of the obverse
ak. soch. Zbyněk Fojtů
Author of the reverse
ak. soch. Zbyněk Fojtů
Code
30999-631
Mintage
99 pcs
Date of issue
June 2015
Packaging
Burgundy leather case
Numbered issue
Yes
Certificate
Yes
Capsule
Yes
Issuer
Czech mint