Silver medal Cult of personality - Karl Marx proof

Silver medal Cult of personality - Karl Marx proof

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Date of issue
August 2022
500 pcs
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Cult of personality

The controversial figure of Karl Marx appears on the second silver medal of the Czech Mint from the series entitled Cult of personality.

In his native Prussia,
the German philosopher Karl Marx experienced the events of the revolutionary year 1848, which essentially ended European feudalism. As a young revolutionary, he became personally involved in the events and then observed the harsh realities of British liberal capitalism up close. This helped to shape his life philosophy. He came to understand that the class struggle between the oppressors and the oppressed - the ruling and the ruled - pervades all of human history. He believed that after the demise of the class societies of the slaveholders and feudal lords, there would be another revolutionary wave that would destroy capitalism. For him, the contemporary conflict between the proletariat and the bourgeoisie - the workers and the capitalists who exploit them - was to culminate in the abolition of private ownership of the means of production and the establishment of a classless society. This communist utopia would then be fair to all people in the spirit of the slogan: "From each according to his ability, to each according to his needs." A pleasing idea, which at first sight one cannot disagree with, and which can be applied to the present form of greedy capitalism, but it had numerous shortcomings. Marx was creative with the facts, using only data that supported his thesis. He himself did not hesitate to profit from the work of others and to take advantage of sympathizers who supported him financially. Of course, one cannot overlook the fact that Marx's work laid the foundation on which all the communist dictatorships of the world are still building to this day. They have changed the theory of class struggle to serve their own desire for power...

The obverse side of the ducat, which is the work of
academic sculptor Jiří Dostál, presents a characteristic portrait of Karl Marx, accompanied by his name and life dates in English. The reverse side is then dominated by the title and year of publication of Marx's seminal book - DAS KAPITAL, 1867. The way in which communist regimes have turned Marx's work on its head is symbolised by the inverted letter “A“ together with the hammer and sickle, the combination of which forms the letter “P“.

Each medal includes a
special supplement that offers an objective view of Karl Marx written by historian Pavel Kosatík.


Collectors set
Czech mint
Author of the obverse
ak. soch. Jiří Dostál
Author of the reverse
ak. soch. Jiří Dostál
Numbered issue
999 / 1000
31.1 g
37 mm
Šedý papírový box
Czech Mint