Silver medal National Heroes - Jan Palach and Jan Zajíc proof

Price (including VAT)
1,550 CZK
61 EUR
Stock state
In stock
Code
31336-721
Collectors set


National Heroes

Jan Palach and Jan Zajic are inherently bound to the struggle against Communist power. Because both students shared the same ideals and both chose the martyr's death in flames, they appeared on the silver commemorative medal from the cycle National Heroes of the Czech Mint.

Jan Palach and Jan Zajic have probably never met. If they met, they would probably understand each other, because they had not only similar character traits but also similar generational feelings and experience. Both experienced the onset of the reforms known as Prague Spring and both witnessed the awakening of civil society to observe how the political elites left the declared reform ideas, and the public yielded the pressure by adapting to "new orders." The two young men then concluded that they could blast a nation from lethargy and bring it back to the road to freedom in the form of an extraordinary protest - self-burning to death. Their act was not suicide, but self-sacrifice for the liberation of the nation persecuted by totalitarian mechanisms. Jan Zajic made a terrible comment at the end of his last poem by saying, "In the name of your life! - I burn!"

These verses were immortalized by academic sculptor Jiri Dostal on the reverse side of the medal. He added a flame into which he incorporated a five-pointed star. The obverse side bears the faces of both young men, their surnames and their common name. Date of birth on the obverse side corresponds with the death data on the reverse side.

The silver medal is stored in a special packaging in the form of a book that includes a thematic treatise of the renowned historian PhDr. Petr Koura, Ph.D.

Material
Silver
Weight
31.1 g
Fineness
999 / 1000
Diameter
37 mm
Quality
PROOF
Edge
Plain lettered edge
Author of the obverse
ak. soch. Jiří Dostál
Author of the reverse
ak. soch. Jiří Dostál
Code
31336-721
Mintage
1000 pcs
Date of issue
January 2019
Packaging
Blister
Numbered issue
No
Certificate
No
Capsule
Yes
Issuer
Czech mint