If we measured the popularity of Prague sights by the number of tourists who stand daily in front of it, the winner would undoubtedly be the Prague Astronomical Clock which has fascinated people for over six centuries. It comprises three main components: the astronomical dial with a zodiacal ring, the “Walk of the Apostles“ and the calendar dial. The calendar plate with circular paintings representing the months and signs of zodiac is the work of outstanding Czech painter Josef Mánes.
Czech Mint decided to transfer these romantic paintings also to twelve splendid medals and to dedicate each of them to one sign of the zodiac. The autumn 2014 issue is governed by one of the most contradictory signs – the Scorpio. In the Mánes’ calendar it is held by a small child. The allegorical painting attached to this time period shows a young couple harvesting grapes. The reverse is dominated by the portrait of Josef Mánes and the overall view of the calendar plate. Other decorative features include the Prague municipal emblem, the name Josef Mánes and the words Prague Astronomical Clock.
The Scorpio silver-plated medal from the series Prague Astronomical Clock issued by Czech Mint was designed by talented academic sculptor Daniela Kartáková. Next to being an attractive collector item it can also serve as an original gift for everyone born between 23 October and 22 November.