Gold quater-ounce coin Polar explorers - The conquest of the North Pole proof

Gold quater-ounce coin Polar explorers - The conquest of the North Pole proof

Stock state
In stock
Date of issue
February 2021
500 pcs
16,950 CZK
exempt from VAT

Polar explorers

The conquest of the North Pole became an obsession for many explorers during the 20th century. The Czech Mint commemorates their adventure by issuance of the first gold coin from a miniseries called Polar explorers.

The American
Frederick Cook was the first person to reach the North Pole. However, his claim of a successful Arctic journey, which was to culminate on April 21, 1908, quickly turned out to be false thanks to Robert Peary - initially Cook's colleague, later a rival. He was then considered a true conqueror of the North Pole for most of the 20th century. The dream goal was to be achieved on April 6, 1909, but even today this act is credibly questioned on the basis of numerous evidence. Technical progress made it possible to reach the North Pole by air, and the American Richard Byrd became the first to fly over it by plane on May 9, 1926. However, his claim was also quickly refuted, and the Norge airship became the first air vehicle to demonstrably reach the North Pole on May 12, 1926. It carried on board the Italian designer Umberto Nobile, the American adventurer Lincoln Ellsworth and the Norwegian polar explorer Roald Amundsen, who conquered the South Pole in 1911. Because the North Pole is located on a floating glacier, it can be reached underwater, and the crew of the American submarine Nautilus took the first place on August 3, 1958. Members of the American expedition of Ralph Plaisted, who used snowmobiles instead of draft dogs, became the first people to demonstrably reach the North Pole by land on April 19, 1968. The ways to reach the North Pole were not exhausted even then, and the Soviet Arctic icebreaker became the first surface vessel to make its way to the North Pole through solid ice on August 17, 1977.

These conquerors -
from the walking polar explorer, the airship to the atomic icebreaker - are commemorated by the reverse side of the coin, which was processed by the medal maker Luboš Charvát. The rich relief also includes an Arctic glacier and a polar bear. The composition of the reverse side is completed by a directional rose and the inscription DOBÝVÁNÍ SEVERNÍHO PÓLU (THE CONQUEST OF THE NORTH POLE). The obverse side bears the steering wheel as a symbol of voyages of discovery. Since the coins of the Czech Mint are licensed by the island of Niue, their obverse sides bear the name and portrait of Queen Elizabeth II, the nominal value of 10 DOLLARS (NZD) and the year of issue 2021.

The coin is stored in a special packaging that includes a
narrative brochure full of period photographs and interesting facts about the conquerors of the North Pole.


Collectors set
Nominal value
10 NZD
Author of the obverse
Luboš Charvát
Author of the reverse
Luboš Charvát
Numbered issue
999,9 / 1000
7.78 g
22 mm
Paper box
Czech Mint