Gold one-ounce medal History of Warcraft - Battle of Custoza proof

Gold one-ounce medal History of Warcraft - Battle of Custoza proof

Stock state
In stock
Date of issue
February 2020
Mintage
100 pcs
Price
69,990 CZK
including VAT

History of Warcraf

The Czech Mint pays tribute to one of the greatest Czech commanders and his triumph at the Battle of Custoza by issuance of the ninth gold medal from the author cycle of Karel Zeman entitled History of Warcraft.

Joseph Wenceslaus Radetzky of Radetz
was born into an old Czech aristocratic family in 1766, and although the doctor said he was sick that he would not be able to handle the service, he refused to give up his dream of a military career. He helped to free Belgrade and Bucharest from Constantinople supremacy in the Russo-Turkish War, and quickly grew up as a command without any protection. He was given the opportunity to shine during the Napoleonic Wars. His tactics undermined the worldly plans of the French Emperor at the Battle of Nations at Leipzig in 1813. As a true commander, Radetzky learned from the French and pushed through the reform of the Austrian army, which earned him the rank of field marshal. As years passed, Radetzky had to face another enemy - nationalism, which threatened to destroy the monarchy in which he believed without limits. The desire of nation for self-determination grew into an armed uprising against the Habsburgs in 1848. Radetzky commanded troops in the Kingdom of Lombardy-Venice in Italy. Charles Albert, King of the neighboring sovereign Sardinian Kingdom, decided to unite the fragmented Apennine Peninsula in order to become the ruler of all Italians. He sent a hundred thousand army to his brothers suffering under the Habsburg supremacy. The well-fortified Radetzky outlived the attack of the Sardinian forces, and as soon as he gathered enough men, he launched a counterattack. The decisive conflict took place near Custoza on 25 July. The eighty-one-year-old marshal did not hesitate to support his men directly in the front line and the Austrians celebrated the victory. Charles Albert was forced to retreat and shortly thereafter signed a truce. He repeated his attempt the following year, but Radetzky thwarted his efforts…

Field marshal is depicted in
salute with raised hat on the obverse side of the medal. “When thinking about the proposal for a medal of Joseph Wenceslaus Radetzky of Radetz, I heard the melody of Radetzky marsh in my ears. That is why I portrayed him after his return from the victorious campaigns in Italy, when he was welcomed by a military band with this piece composed by Johann Strauss the Elder in September 1849, ” the author of the medal and academic painter Karel Zeman explains. The reverse side was dedicated to the scene from the Battle of Custoza. In the foreground there is a military trumpeter playing the attack signal, and in the background there is a clash of another Austrian trumpeter with a Piedmont rider.

The schedule if issuance of a gold medal has been limited to only
100 pieces. Each medal is hand-numbered on the edge and it is supplemented with a special certificate of authenticity containing the author's accompanying word and historical text.

Specifications

Collectors set
Code
31369-641
Issuer
Niue
Author of the obverse
ak. mal. Karel Zeman
Author of the reverse
ak. mal. Karel Zeman
Numbered issue
Yes
Certificate
No
Material
Gold
Fineness
999,9 / 1000
Weight
31.1 g
Diameter
37 mm
Packaging
Burgundy leather case
Capsule
Yes
Czech Mint
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