Set of two ducats Royal couples - Vratislav II and Svatava Polská proof

Set of two ducats Royal couples - Vratislav II and Svatava Polská proof

Stock state
In stock
Date of issue
February 2021
Mintage
300 pcs
Price
18,490 CZK
including VAT

Royal couples

The Czech Mint dedicated the fourth set of two gold ducats from the cycle of the Royal couples to Vratislav II. and Svatava Polska.

The Czechs experienced historic success on
June 15, 1085, when Prince Vratislav II became the first Czech king Vratislav I. The emperor of the Holy Roman Empire Henry IV. rewarded him with this non-hereditary title for loyalty and honor. Vratislav stood by Henry's side on the battlefield and in the political arena, even at a time when he had no other friend left. He supported him especially in the struggle for investiture, in which it was decided whether church dignitaries could be appointed by a secular ruler or a pope. Wrocław's thirty-year government was marked by the growth of the prestige and power of the Czech state, but after his death a quarrel broke out between the Přemyslids. "The widowed Queen Svatava Polská repeatedly tried to reconcile her descendants - the heirs to the throne. Sometimes it was successful, other times not, however, the Přemyslid dynasty survived a difficult period of power instability, ” Michal Vitanovský, an expert on Czech history, explains.

The reverse side of the Queen's Ducat is dedicated to
peace efforts - Svatava keeps figures with menacing swords drawn apart. Academic sculptor Michal Vitanovský was inspired by period denarii and a historical fresco from the Znojmo rotunda when creating the reverse side of the king's ducat, which presents Vratislav with a crown, scepter, flag and shield of the Norman type. The obverse side, which is common to both ducats, bears a double portrait of the royal couple. "The historical depiction of Queen Svatava has not been preserved, and the only clue is the considerable age difference between the husband and wife. Regarding life dates, only the dates of death are certain, " the medal maker adds.

The pair of mintages is stored in an elegant
wooden box, the lid of which is decorated with personalities of a king and queen symbolized by chess pieces. The packaging also includes an illustrated certificate of authenticity with the author's accompanying word.

Specifications

Collectors set
Code
42101-651
Issuer
Czech mint
Author of the obverse
ak. soch. Michal Vitanovský
Author of the reverse
ak. soch. Michal Vitanovský
Numbered issue
No
Certificate
Yes
Material
Gold
Fineness
986 / 1000
Weight
6.98 g
Diameter
20 mm
Packaging
Dark wooden case
Capsule
Yes
Czech Mint
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