We don’t generally cover medallions here, but never let it be said we ignore the unusual niche on the odd occasion. This new set of three medals, available in either gold or silver, has been struck by the Czech Mint to commemorate what would have been the 80th birthday of a giant in Czech politics, Vaclav Havel.
The Czech Mint has already done a fine description of the medals in its press release which we’ve reproduced below, and they’re eminently more qualified to talk about a Czech icon than I am, so no regurgitation here, but the medals are worth a close look. Pretty clever in layout, each of them depicts an aspect of Havel’s life in such a way that when placed correctly, they form a greater image. All are arranged in a nice box to reveal the image, as can be seen below.
The other side of each medal carries a portrait of Havel, slightly different in each case to reflect a specific time in the ex-Presidents life. All looks of a very high quality, the work of a talented artist, expertly struck. Both the gold and silver carry identical designs on each face, the image below showing one side in silver and one in gold. As we said at the beginning, these are very much a niche product, but it’s important to know that in amongst the Odins and Star Treks and Disneys, there is still a numismatic core of classically themed releases celebrating the lesser know figures and subjects in the world.
There are 1,000 sets of silver medals and just 400 sets of gold available, it’s likely the latter having already sold out at the mint. A one-kilo medal is also available with a different design and a tight 100 mintage. For sale now.