The effigy of Charles IV, a sovereign of the greatest importance, dominates the reverse sides of all three silve one-ounce medals the unique set The Period of Charles IV, an extraordinary issue prepared by Czech Mint. Charles IV sitting on a throne is encircled by majestic buildings that he had built during his reign – Karlštejn Castle, Charles Bridge and St. Vitus’s Cathedral. Years of the ruler’s birth and death are also part of the reverse: 1316 and 1378, name of the series in two languages and the name of the Czech capital – Praha.
The obverse sides of individual silver medals feature each of the said monuments artistically depicted by renowned Czech medallist M.A. Josef Oplištil. Thanks to the series The Period of Charles IV homage has been paid to the architectural pearls Karlštejn Castle, Charles Bridge and St. Vitus’ Cathedral reflecting their monumentality in shining pure silver.
Charles IV was the 11th King of Bohemia, Roman Emperor, King of the Romans, King of Italy and Burgundy. His significance for the entire Europe cannot be overlooked, but he himself felt the biggest commitment to the Lands of the Bohemian Crown and he ruled them using reason and emotion alike. Under his rule trade, culture and education thrived in a so far unprecedented way. As a highly pious man Charles IV relied on the church and built a number of major sacral, as well as functional buildings that left a distinctive imprint on our country.
Karlštejn Castle – an architectural rarity; its construction started in 1348. The castle served as a safe repository for the crown jewels and precious relics of the Roman Empire.
St. Vitus’s Cathedral – together with the whole Prague Castle, the cathedral became a symbolic heart of the Czech lands embodying national pride and identity. Many joyful as well as moving chapters of the Czech history were written in the place which was being built for many centuries.
Charles Bridge – a spectacular structure linking the Old Town with the Lesser Quarter is a vivid outdoor exposition – the bridge is decorated with 30 primarily Baroque statues and sculptural groups and ranks among best known symbols of the capital.
The Period of Charles IV is a set of silver commemorative medals that are delivered in a luxurious wooden case together with a certificate of origin. The set belongs to other extraordinary activities of Czech Mint. Medals made of pure silver reminding of a famous period in the Czech history will enliven your collection and may also be a great gift for your friends and business partners.
Precious metals have always been an excellent investment. Considering the fact that since 2011 their prices have now reached their historical bottom and their growth is being expected shortly, the best time to expand your collection is now. Artfully shaped silver is a guarantee of safely deposited money as well as an extraordinary aesthetic experience.