Silver medal Czech Seals - Vítek III form Prčice and Plankenberk stand
The Czech Seal cycle of the Czech Mint which perceives our history with the unique optics of the world of sigillography, is made of silver medals beautified with patina. After a pair of mintages dedicated to our rulers the third issue opens a chapter reminiscent of the distinct social class of the medieval world - the nobility - represented by Witco III. of Prčice and Plankenberk.
The origins of the powerful Vítkovci clan date back to the second half of the 12th century and associate with the heraldic story of the division of roses, according to which Witco I of Prčice divided roses of different colors between his five sons. One of the sons - Witco III. of Prčice and Plankenberk, who received a silver shield with a red rose from his father, is considered to be the founder of the Lords of Rosenberg. Only one specimen of his seal, which belongs to the so-called pedestrian shield-shaped seals, remained well preserved. "From the viewpoint of iconography, there is an interesting Norman type shield that shapes the seal. The armament of standing noble medieval warrior consists of another shield, spear with a battalion and pot-shaped helmet corresponding with the 13th century. The knight's armor is covered by the upper skirt called the surcot. The german predicate DE PLANKHINBERC is also mentioned in the inscription besides the name WITKO," explains the author of the medal, czech expert historian and academic sculpor Michal Vitanovský.
While the obverse side of the mintage is dedicated to the reconstruction of the period seal, the reverse side presents a kneeling nobleman who takes the heraldic shield from the father in the presence of four brothers. "Witco III. of Prčice, who died after 1244, lived in poor times for literary heritage, and therefore we know very little about him. However, this scene may have a real core, even if it is not documented by written sources," adds Michal Vitanovský. The composition of the reverse side is completed by the inscription and round collection logo.
Medals from the collector's cycle are stored in a special packaging containing the drawings and the accompanying word of the author.