Silver medal Cult of personality - Mother Teresa proof

Silver medal Cult of personality - Mother Teresa proof

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Date of issue
August 2022
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Cult of personality

The controversial figure of Mother Teresa appears on the first silver medal of the Czech Mint from the series entitled Cult of personality.

Mother Teresa
is a modern icon, an example of human kindness, empathy and love. She was energetic, practical and fully committed to her cause - serving Christ by helping those in need. After coming as a young nun from a remote corner of Eastern Europe to the streets of Calcutta, she began to care for the sick and dying people. She founded shelters, orphanages, hospitals and schools, and her tremendous efforts laid the foundation for an unprecedented humanitarian work. Her congregation called The Missionaries of Charity spread to the most impoverished corners of the planet. Through her work, she inspired many people to help others and to reach out to one another. Ordinary and powerful people alike admired her genuineness and were attracted to the peace she exuded, even as she secretly struggled with religious doubts. Although she had no personal fortune or political office, she was one of the most powerful women of the 20th century and became a legend in her lifetime... The Nobel Peace Prize winner who was canonized had her dark side. She was a Catholic fundamentalist who opposed divorce, contraception and abortion, which she described as the greatest threat to world peace. A cult of death and suffering ran rampant in her establishments. The dying languished in appalling sanitary conditions and suffered without the soothing remedies that were supposed to bring them closer to Christ. "It is beautiful to see the poor and the sick accepting their lot and suffering as Christ did on the Passion. The world is made richer by their suffering," a woman whose sisters imposed baptism on the dying said. The substantial funds that the congregation did not hesitate to accept even from dictatorial regimes have disappeared...

The obverse side of the ducat, which is the work of
academic sculptor Jiří Dostál, presents a portrait of Mother Teresa praying, accompanied by her name and life dates in English. The reverse side is then dominated by a quote attributed to the nun, written in her native Albanian - UNË JAM VETËM NJË LAPS I VOGËL NË DORËN E ZOTIT - or I am but a small pencil in the hand of God. Mother Teresa's civil name was Agnesë Gonxhe Bojaxhiu, therefore, the word GONXHE, which surrounds an unbloomed flower and which means "flower bud" in Albanian, is the additional motif on the reverse side.

An integral part of the issue is a
special supplement that offers an objective view of Mother Teresa written by historian Pavel Kosatik.


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