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

Price (including VAT)
46,950 CZK
1,776 EUR
Stock state
In stock
Code
31162-641
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When the academic painter Karel Zeman creates a commemorative medals, he likes to travel to the places, that appear on them, to absorb the atmosphere. In the case of the fifth issue of his author's series The History of Warcraft, it was not far - the gold medal minted from one ounce of pure gold is dedicated to the Battle of Königgrätz, which flared up exactly 150 years ago.

The showdown of the Austro-Prussian War in 1866 is indelibly linked with the Austrian party leader Ludwig von Benedek. Although he was a brave and capable commander, who learned his craft from Marshal Radetzky, in his last battle he took a huge blow to the head. From then on, only the heroism of his men saved him - the gunners, artillerymen and cuirassiers, who fought like lions. In an attempt to divert attention from the real causes of failure, which laid in an inadequate organization of the imperial army, the Austrian command Benedek was used as a scapegoat. This embarrassment sadly eclipsed all of his past accomplishments. This personal tragedy has Karel Zeman used as the main motif for the obverse side of the medal: "On the obverse side of the medal, I sculpted the portrait of the field swordmaster Ludwig von Benedek, set in a frame in the form of a laurel wreath, symbolizing his previous wartime successes, broken to pieces after the disastrous defeat of Königgrätz."

The reverse of the medal bears the riders of the opposing armies in a heat of the battle, whose result is symbolized by two helmets - the Prussian one standing on the fallen Austrian one.

The mintage amounts to only 100 hand-numbered copies and a as part of each gold medal is a narrative Certificate of Authenticity with an accompanying word of the author and historical text.

Material
Gold
Weight
31.1 g
Fineness
999.9 / 1000
Diameter
37 mm
Quality
PROOF
Edge
Plain edge with lettering and numbers
Author of the obverse
ak. mal. Karel Zeman
Author of the reverse
ak. mal. Karel Zeman
Code
31162-641
Mintage
100 pcs
Date of issue
June 2016
Packaging
Burgundy leather case
Numbered issue
Yes
Certificate
Yes
Capsule
Yes
Issuer
Czech mint