Silver medal Look-out tower Petřín proof
The cycle of commemorative medals minted from silver gradually represents a total of 12 exceptional lookout towers. The tenth increment belongs to the Petřín Lookout Tower, which adorns the very heart of the Czech Republic.
When in 1889 the members of the Club of Czech Tourists visited the World Exhibition in Paris, they were enthralled by the view of the Eiffel Tower. Though the modern steel building woke contradictory reactions in France, they decided that a similar dominant feature is needed in their capital. For their dream they gained 32,000 Gold (Czech historical currency), the land on the Petrin Hill, which offered a view of the surroundings, the architect Vratislav Pasovský and the design engineers František Prášil and Julius Souček from the Czech-Moravian Engineering Works. Within four weeks the steel construction was manufactured and in less than four months the construction works were completed. This significantly accelerated the holding of the National Jubilee Exhibition in Prague in 1891 - it was a showcase of Czech ingenuity and Petrin lookout tower (along with its cable car) became its symbol.
A talented medal maker Petra Brodská, DiS., has dedicated the obverse of the medal to the view of the octagonal building from its heel, which is complemented with an inscription PETŘÍNSKÁ ROZHLEDNA. /Petřín Hill/. The reverse then bears a detail of the lattice steel structure and one of the eight arms of the lookout tower, which are enshrined in a huge stone blocks. An inscription on the reverse side provides height of the building 65 m, altitude of Petrin hill 324 m n. M. and date MARCH 16 - AUGUST 20, 1891, defining the duration of the construction work.
All 12 lookout towers can be stored in a collectible wooden casket, which can be found in the assortment of the Czech Mint.