Silver medal Czech Seals - Wenceslaus II of Bohemia stand
The second silver medal decorated with patina from the series of Czech Mint, called the Czech Seal commemorates the personality and time of King Wenceslas II.
The life of medieval kings, unlike imagined notions, was no fairy tale. Today it is hard for us to imagine deplorable adolescence, an orphan who has spent childhood in the captivity of his enemies, has become the object of the power play of the Central European rulers, yet he has succeeded in becoming an important ruler. Wenceslas II. was not a warrior like his father Ottokar II, the king of iron and gold, who fell in the battle of the Moravian field. He was an art expert and one of the few "throne poets". His goals were rather political and economic, based on the successful mining of silver in Kutna Hora. One of the symbols of his government was the Prague grosh, which he had first embossed in 1300. The silver allowed him to start an international trade, to lean foreign powers and gain domestic loyalty and considerable foreign influence. Although the reference of Wenceslas II. today stands in the shadow of his famous father, we must not forget that after his ascension to the throne, a period of peace and economic prosperity occurred in the Czech lands.
The obverse side of the mintage is devoted to the reconstruction of the period seal. It is interesting that the figure on the throne lacks the insignia of the monarch. The teenage figure holds only a bareback sword to demonstrate Wenceslaw's sovereignty and balance the fact that he was not crowned at the time of the seal. The reverse side is then closer to the user's seal through the eyes of academic sculptor Michal Vitanovsky. Semi-structure of Wenceslas II. as a mature man with attributes of power (inspired by illumination contained by the historic Codex Manesse), is accompanied by the Prague grosh symbolizing the king's economic capabilities. The inscription gives the sovereign name and life dates 1271-1305. The reversal composition closes the CZECH SEAL mark, which penetrates the whole cycle.
The medal closes the first chapter of the cycle devoted to our rulers. Following will be the seals of the aristocratic, then the ecclesiastical, and ultimately the city.