Slovak thaler to the birth of a child 2024 "Stork" proof

Slovak thaler to the birth of a child 2024 "Stork" proof

Stock state
In stock
Date of issue
January 2024
1,790 CZK
including VAT

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Product description

Our ancestors gave the lucky penny to the newborn babies. In the families of rich noblemen and poor peasants, the baby received a talisman in the form of a coin made of precious metal, usually from the godfather or godmother. The coin was placed in the cradle, giving rise to the phrases "in the wrapper" and "in the swaddle", which are still used today in connection with baby gifts. The popularity of "wine coins" rose in the Czech lands in the Renaissance era, and after the establishment of Czechoslovakia, the state began to issue the so-called St. Wenceslas ducats, which people quickly grew to love for this purpose, and today the Czech Mint follows this tradition. For example, this silver thaler with a stork motif in the Slovak version.

In ancient times, storks were worshiped all over the world. The noble feathered creatures symbolised piety and justice in ancient Egypt, immortality in China and they brought new life in Europe. The Germanic pagans believed that it was not only frogs that lived in the marshes, which were a favourite delicacy of the stork, but also the souls of unborn children. The storks hunted these souls and placed them in the bodies of the future mothers. Weddings then took place at the celebration of the summer solstice at the end of June, and when the storks returned home from the warm lands in the spring, many newlyweds were about to give birth. The notion of the stork bearing children was aided by the fact that he himself was a caring parent who devotedly took care of his or her offspring. The superstition has survived into modern times, and has helped parents avoid delicate conversations with older siblings of newborn children for hundreds of years. Where did the baby come from? A stork brought it! Why is mommy lying in bed? A stork pecked her! The children were happy to accept that explanation...

The medal maker Lenka Nebeská, DiS. dedicated the reverse side of the silver thaler to the stork carrying a little knot in its beak. The obverse side presents a baby sleeping in a scarf.

Do not miss the other variations of the birth money - in our offer for 2024 you will find two different precious metals, two different artistic motifs and special variants that can be engraved with a dedication.


Czech mint
Author of the obverse
Lenka Nebeská, DiS.
Author of the reverse
Lenka Nebeská, DiS.
Numbered issue
999 / 1000
29 g
40 mm
Bílý papírový box
Czech Mint