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Title: Czech Republic commemorates Prague's astronomical clock
Post by: Figleaf on March 21, 2010, 06:42:22 PM
Central bank to issue coin on Prague's astronomical clock

Prague, March 16 (CTK) - The Czech Central Bank (CNB) will issue a commemorative silver 200-crown coin on the 600th anniversary of the astronomical clock at Prague's Old Town Square (Staromestske namesti), CNB spokesman Marek Petrus told CTK yesterday.

Two versions of the coin, regular and proof, differing in surface and edge design, will be issued, Petrus said.

The design was made by sculptor Ivan Rehak.

The coin, to be made from an alloy of silver and copper, will be minted by the Ceska mincovna mint in Jablonec nad Nisou, north Bohemia.

The alloy of the coin is composed of 900 parts of silver and 100 parts of copper.

The obverse depicts four apostles from the astronomical clock. Decoration of the astronomical clock doorway is between the pairs of apostles and the statue of a cock is above them.

The coin bears the name CESKA REPUBLIKA (Czech Republic) around its circumference. The nominal value of 200 crowns is placed underneath the apostles.

The reverse depicts the clock machine flanked at its left by a skull as a symbol of fleeting time. This face of the coin bears the text SESTROJENI STAROMESTSKEHO ORLOJE (Construction of Old Town Astronomical Clock) and the years 1410-2010.

Every coin will have a free catalogue card enclosed. The coin is depicted in the silver colour with a text in Czech and English.

The medieval astronomical clock is one of the symbols of Prague with pieces of art from various periods and styles.

It comprises an astronomical dial, a zodiacal ring and animated figures flanked by the statues of Vanity, Death, Turk and Jew.

The mechanical clock and astronomical dial were created exactly 600 years ago, in 1410.

The astronomical clock is part of the Old Town City Hall.

Source: Prague Daily Monitor (, with thanks to Pabitra Saha
Title: Re: Czech Republic commemorates Prague's astronomical clock
Post by: chrisild on March 22, 2010, 11:27:10 AM
Yep, a collector piece or pseudo coin - but it looks good. :) See the attached image which is from the national bank (CNB) website. Here is some more info in English:

The winning design, and two others that did not make it, can be viewed here. The text is in Czech; click the two "návrh" links to see the other designs.

Bummer - the skeleton did not make it. ;D