Set of four gold coins Period of George of Poděbrady proof
560 years have passed since the election of George of Poděbrady by the Czech king in 2018. Four gold coins of the Czech Mint were gradually released in order to commemorate the last truly Czech monarch introducing him in several tasks. Now all these mintages with a greater weight and diameter are issued as a complete set called the Period of George of Poděbrady.
When George of Podebrady was born, no one thought he would become one of the most significant kings of Czech history. He did not come from the prestigious royal family, but from the state of the native nobility. He was an illegitimate son raised in the "heretical" Chalice faith and, unlike other nobles, did not receive a first-class education. These imperfections, however, were redeemed by his ambitions and the natural intelligence his contemporaries could only envy silently. When George was 14 years old, he fought on the side of the winners at the Battle of Lipan. More than a military force, however, he valued diplomacy, consensus and compromise. He became politically active at the age of seventeen, soon became the governor of the Boleslav region, then a leader of the group of nobles, when he seized control over Prague, and at the age of 28 he became the ruler of the whole country. After his election, he sought to create a strong, internationally respected state and economic prosperity. He wanted to strengthen the royal authority, limit the power of the estate, and reconcile the religiously defeated "Kingdom of two peoples." George of Poděbrady is therefore represented in the following roles on gold coins:
- The King of Two Peoples - Although his country was divided into two seemingly unconquerable camps - Ultraquist and Catholic -, George of Poděbrady managed to unify it and was unanimously elected by the Czech king.
- Diplomat of Peace - George of Poděbrady raised peace in restless times after the Hussite wars, peacefully renewed and built his country, and the aim of his diplomatic mission was general European cooperation.
- The King of the Czech Kingdom - King George was a gifted economist and renowned for his economy. He has worked well for the welfare of the Czech lands and the satisfaction of their inhabitants.
- Husband and father - George of Podebrady was twice married and had ten children. Through a marriage policy, he established strong relationships with many powerful noble families.
The author of all four coins is a leading medal maker and expert on historical themes academic sculptor Michal Vitanovský, who has dedicated himself to George of Poděbrady and his dynasty since the 1980s. On the first coin you will find double faith symbols and the Tyn Church, where George of Podebrady, after his election, went to a thank-you worship service. The second coin presents George of Poděbrady with a peace branch and a symbolic expression of the idea of peace throughout Europe. The third coin is devoted to Prague groshen and royal initials with a crown. The fourth coin belongs not only to the king but also to his two wives holding a lily representing their numerous offspring in their hands. The commemorative coins of the Czech Mint are issued under the license of a foreign issuer, which is the Pacific island of Niue, and their obverse side, which is a total of four excavations common, therefore carries the necessary attributes, which are the name and the portrait of the Emperor Elizabeth II, the nominal value of 10 DOLLARS, together with the year of the issue 2018. Among these attributes there are four gothic cyrcles with lilies.
The set of coins comes in a load of just 100 pieces and is stored in a decorated wooden etui. On the lid you will find a portrait of George of Poděbrady inspired by Kuthen's chronicle. The Latin inscription on the front side is based on a period groshen and "George of Poděbrady, by the Grace of God the King of Bohemia,". The three stripes on the sidewalks then refer to the coat of arms of the Lords of Kunštát and Podebrady. The certificate of authenticity is decorated with original drawings of Michal Vitanovský.