Medal detail Medal description
Coin code coin_number:30886-720
Value:1 pc
Coin type:silver
Group code:Medals
Material:Ag 999 / 1000
Diameter:37 mm
Thickness:0 mm
Weight:31.1 g
Edge:plain label
Circulation:1000 ks
Minted:1000 ks
Author:ak. soch. Jan Lukáš
Engraving adjustments:Unknown author
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Another attractive piece was added to the successful series Tribute to historical mints – a replica of Krnov thaler of Jiří Bedřich Krnovský (in English George Frederick of Brandenburg-Ansbach) made of fine silver. With this issue Czech Mint broadened the series which are very popular among collectors because in addition to their numismatic values they also represent part of the fascinating history of the Lands of the Bohemian crown. The June 2014 limited edition has only 1000 pieces, and this time it is related to the history of the duchy of Krnov. In 1515 Vladislav II Jagiellon granted the right to mint coins to prince Jiří of Šelmberk.And the privilege was used namely by Jiří Bedřich Krnovský for mintage of his own coins. The first mintages of thalers and half-thalers struck in 1557–1558 were largely the work of the Nurnberg burgher and mint master Štěpán Kemlein. He was eventually replaced in office by Hans Enders. The mint was operated in the building of former Minorite monastery. George Frederick was a margrave of Brandenburg-Ansbach, duke of Krnov, duke of Opole and Ratibórz and Regent of Prussia from the French branch of the Hohenzollern dynasty. He was the son of George, Margrave of Brandenburg-Ansbach, and Emilie of Saxony. During his reign the Protestantism stabilized, a solid legal system was introduced, he favoured centralization and applied an absolutist approach to the Estates. George Frederick married twice, however he died without a heir and all his wealth was inherited by the Hohenzollern family, specifically its electoral line. The design of the silver thaler replica was created by academic sculptor Jan Lukáš according to a historical model. The iconography of George Frederick’s thalers is very specific and in many respects they resemble the Brandenburg mintages. The obverse is dominated by portrait of the duke in armour, holding in his right hand a sceptre and in his left hand a sword. The reverse is decorated with a conspicuous cross with four escutcheons. The inscription around the rim of the replica reads: SI DEVS PRO NOBIS QVIS CONTRA NOS (translated as If the God is with us, who is against us.) – it is a sentence borrowed from St. Paul’s epistle to the Romans. The exceptionally charismatic replica is directly asking for a place in your collections.
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