John Amos Comenius was born in 1592, at a time when we all think of education as being the sole preserve of the very rich, or the very religious. Comenius helped to bring education to the fore as a viable societal concept. A philosopher, theologian and teacher, he was the last bishop of the Unity of the Brethren, but left to become a religious refugee. His book, Didactica Magna, championed the idea of universal education, and he spent much of his life advising schools and governments across Protestant Europe. Comenius is considered the father of modern education.
With a history like that, it’s fitting that his name adorns educational institutions today, and one such is the university in Bratislava. Comenius University is the largest university in Slovakia and has over 25,000 students. Founded shortly after the creation of the state of Czechoslovakia in 1919, many famous locals have passed through its doors, including several Prime Ministers, so its selection for centennial commemoration is an apt one.
An 18 gram 0.900 silver coin, it’s available in either a proof finish (7,300 mintage), or a brilliant-uncirculated one (3,100 mintage). The coin has quite an eye catching design. Not a particularly cohesive one, but rather one full of individual elements having meaning for the subject. University logos and an open book have been used by designer Patrik Kovačovský to give an idea of what this institution has successfully done for young people for 100 years.
Engraved on the edge is the text “● IN UNUM VERTERE ● IN UNUM VERTERE”, a loose Latin translation of which is ‘Universal’. Struck at the Kremnica Mint, the coin will be available from tomorrow. While not a subject that will stand out around the world, being quite specific to the former Czechoslovakia, it is nevertheless a neat addition for the Euro coin collector.