Silver medal Stories of our history - St. Wenceslas proof
The main hero of the second silver medal of the Czech Mint from the Stories of Our History cycle is a dumb witness of the Czechoslovak 20th Century - St. Wenceslas Equestrian Monument standing on Wenceslas Square.
The original Baroque sculpture, which gave the name to the Prague Square, was transferred to Vyšehrad in 1879. Then a competition for the creation of a new equestrian sculpture was launched, which would become a dignified part of the entrance to the National Museum building. Eight sculptors participated in 1894 and after heated discussions, the design of Josef Václav Myslbek was finally selected, which the saints attributed to the unconventional form of a warrior. The representative of monumental realism and the founder of modern Czech sculpture was inspired by St. Wenceslas Treasure, which are helmet, sword and wire shield, whose historical significance is in no way associated with Czech crown jewels. Work on the monument lasted for many years and revealed not completely finished to the public in 1913. Soon the statue of St. Wenceslas became the imaginary center of the country, which was the scene of the most significant breakthrough events. It was here that in 1918 - almost 100 years ago - Czechoslovakia was proclaimed, here totalitarian regimes understood power, and here the nation expressed its determination to fight for truth and justice.
The obverse side of commemorative medal that comes from the studio of expert medalmaker MgA. Martin Dašek belongs to the riding monument, which celebrates other Czech patrons in addition to St. Wenceslas. This iconic scene is surrounded by a passage from the inscription on the pedestal of the monument "SAINT WENCESLAS, DO NOT LET TO DIE YOURSELF AND THE FUTURE." The reverse side of the medal then presents a view of the sculptor working on plastics in life-size. The composition of the reverse is completed by a copy composed of the name of JOSEF VÁCLAV MYSLBEK and the years 1894-1925, among which the monument was created.
Each silver medal includes a special certificate of authenticity that tells the story of a monumental work.