Czech Mint has issued special mini-series entitled Brno Sights to commemorate two historic gems of the town – Špilberk castle and Petrov.
Both medals were designed in a unique way by M. A. Jan Hásek, an outstanding medallist renowned among collectors for his works in the Czech Mint’s series Castles and Chateaux. Silver one-ounce medal Brno Sights – Špilberk features on its obverse side the grandiosity of the building and its two names – in an untraditional rendering. At the same time it displays names to which the history of Špilberk is closely related. On the reverse side we can see a display of the town‘s most significant historic buildings and the name of town: Brno.
The castle was built in the centre of Brno on the impulse of Czech King Ottokar II (in Czech Přemysl Otakar II.); later on, Blanche of Valois (first wife of Charles IV) spent some time here as well. Špilberk began to be used as a residence from mid 14th century by John Henry (in Czech Jan Jindřich; brother of Charles IV) and his son Jost. After the latter’s death, during the reign of King Sigismund and his son-in-law Albert of Austria, the castle served more for military purposes. The castle’s new designation became evident during the Hussite wars and, in particular during fights between Czech King George of Poděbrady and Hungarian King Matthias Corvinus. At that time George’s son Victor, Duke of Münsterberg, an imperial count, resided at Špilberk. From mid 18th century Špilberk became the most monumental and most significant Baroque fortress in Moravia. In 1783, Joseph II, Holy Roman Emperor, changed the fortified jail at Špilberk into a civilian jail for felons; in particular the underground casemates served this purpose. In 1855, the jail was abolished by Emperor Franz Joseph I and for the following one hundred years turned into barracks. However, between the two world wars Špilberk was again used as a prison, during WW2 it was gradually transformed by the Nazis into model military building in the spirit of the German Third Reich ideology. Since 1959, the monument has served as a representative seat of the Museum of the town of Brno.
The investment medal is packed in a sophisticated blue leather case in a new attractive design, the mintage is 5,000 pieces.