Memory Silver Coin PROUD LION
The lion as the king of animals and a symbol of pride. There is no need to highlight his character and the symbolism associated with him. To be happy when things go well. To be proud of your children and their achievements. To have the strength to go on in all circumstances. If you feel that the mane of a lion resembles a map of our country, you are not wrong. This idea is also reflected in the design of the commemorative silver coin Proud Lion, which characterises the vision and main idea of the Helas business platform - Building a Proud Czech Republic. The Proud Lion was designed by the Klimsz creative studio under the direction of Barbara Klimsz. In cooperation with the Czech Mint. Collector's series: motifs of Prague
Nominal value: 1 NZD
Obverse Author: David Kružliak
Author of reverse: David Kružliak
Numbered issue: No
Fineness: 999 / 1000
Weight: 13 g
Diameter: 28 mm
Package: Black leather case
Capsule packaging: Yes
Categories: MEMORY SILVER COINS
The coin features two significant motifs: the Proud Lion and the National Theatre.
The lion as the king of animals and a symbol of pride. There is no need to emphasize its character and the symbolism associated with it. To be happy when things go well. To be proud of your children and their achievements. To have the strength to go on in all circumstances. If you feel that the lion's mane resembles a map of our country, you are not wrong. This idea is reflected in the design of the original brooch Proud Lion from the Eternal by Helena jewellery collection and characterises the vision and main idea of the Helas business platform - Building a proud Czech Republic.
A nation unto itself - who would not know the slogan symbolizing Czech patriotism and cultural heritage, which materialized in the form of the National Theatre. The "Golden Chapel" has become the motif of a silver coin of the Czech Mint decorated with selective gilding from a free cycle dedicated to Prague monuments.
In the 19th century, the building of its own stone theatre was a matter of Czech honour and pride - it was to serve the development of the Czech language, which was oppressed by German, and to encourage the production of domestic drama and opera. The creation of the National Theatre was made possible by the cooperation of all sections of the population, and the laying of the foundation stone, which took place in 1868, became a national political manifestation. However, the joy of the Czechs in having their own theatre was short-lived, as the Neo-Renaissance building, which was the work of our greatest artists, was destroyed by fire in 1881. "It was on a Friday, the blackest Friday of our modern national life. The news did not reach us in the countryside until noon on Saturday, and to this day I can still see my father sitting at the table, his head in his hands, crushed, and my mother crying in the corner," wrote the poet Jaroslav Kvapil. But that was when real Czech cohesion became apparent - generations of children learned about the little coffers that collected money for the restoration of the theatre in our villages and towns. As early as 1883, the strains of Smetana's Libuše welcomed visitors and the opening of the National Theatre marked the culmination of the Czech national revival...
The reverse side of the coin, which is the work of the medalist David Kružliak, is dominated by a general view of the National Theatre building. As in reality, the roof is framed by a gilded railing. The bilingual inscription PRAGUE - PRAGUE is also gilded. As this is a coin issued under a foreign licence from the island of Niue, the obverse side of the coin bears the necessary attributes of the issuer - the name and portrait of Queen Elizabeth II, the face value of 1 DOLLAR and the year of issue 2020.