With its Five Anniversaries Medal issue, Czech Mint will surprise all collectors who like to add original and unconventional items to their collections now and then. Following last year’s successful commemorative medal celebrating the life and work of Ivan Martin Jirous designed by the fresh graduate of Jablonec’s specialised college, Josef Frühauf, Czech Mint has opted to give an opportunity to one of the successful graduates of the school every year. As a result, aficionados’ collections will grow to include another rare item this year…
The design was chosen from many interesting graduation designs created by this year’s graduates of the Minted Medals and Coins subject. This unusual work was designed by Jiří Hanuš whose name is not unknown to numismatic collectors. He demonstrated his extraordinary talents earlier by winning the Czech National Bank competition for the coin intended to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the Velvet Revolution.
With his new idea for a versatile medal, Jiří Hanuš has demonstrated an exceptional ability for different perception of space, as he did not let the surface dictate the restriction to a single motif and placed several major anniversaries at once in it. The light medal design shows a great deal of playfulness, which is welcome refreshment in the prevalently conservative world of numismatics.
The single-side brass medal contains seemingly chaotically placed letters and digits concealing five major anniversaries for 2015. The box containing this gem includes five templates made using a 3D printer. These serve to decode the various anniversaries and the respective personalities. Simply placing the templates over the medal, you will reveal the five main messages. The medal also contains other private messages of the author – but the templates for those are exclusively within his power. The issue is limited to just 50 units – enrich your collection with the potential of a young and promising artist!