Karel Gott golden again
The newest product of Czech Mint with the portrait of the most significant Czech pop singer ? Karel Gott. Medals made of pure gold and silver depicting the multiple winner of Zlatý slavík (Golden Nightingale) nationwide opinion poll, that’s a present to the Master and to all his fans to his upcoming 75th birthday. The medals will be issued on 12 November 2013, but you can pre-order them in our e-shop right now.
During his half-a-century long career Karel Gott became a real phenomenon. His popularity in the Czech Republic is demonstrated by results of the Czech Nightingale (follower of the Golden Nightingale) opinion poll, which he has dominated since 1964. His permanent and long-term popularity and success are indeed exceptional in the world of popular music. In addition to this, full concert halls worldwide prove that his popularity is not limited by frontiers. People go to his concerts in New York, Berlin, Moscow and Beijing alike.
The medals were designed by outstanding creative artists Jaroslav Bejvl and Petr Horák who impersonate the best of Czech medallist school. Thanks to them you can admire the Master’s portrait in the tiniest detail. The obverse side features Karel Gott’s portrait designed by medallist Jaroslav Bejvl with Gott’s signature and date of birth 14 July. On the reverse, medallist Petr Horák placed symbol of a nightingale with a harp. This motif was inspired by a real sculpture owned by the singer.
Official date of issue: 12 November 2013
Order now! A great Christmas gift for Karel Gott’s fans.
About the authors
Jaroslav Bejvl ? outstanding Czech creative artist involved in the design ofcoins and medals, as well as lighting fixtures. His creations decorate for example the opera house in Tehran, The Imperial Palace in Moscow or the Great Mosque in Abu Dhabi. Bejvl won the first competition for the design of Czech commemorative coin back in 1985. His recent winning designs include the coin Golden Bull of Sicily issued last year by the Czech National Bank as the first gold one-ounce coin issued by CNB after more than fifteen years.
Petr Horák ? professional training teacher at Higher Vocational School in Jablonec nad Nisou which educates new medal makers. Horák regularly participates in CNB competitions for the design of new commemorative coins. Close to his heart are sport themes, his most recent design was this year’s commemorative coin marking the 100th anniversary of Czech legendary football player Pepa Bican. However, the wide range of designs he created for Czech Mint (more than fifty were minted) proves that he is a versatile author.