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Gold half-ounce medal Karel Kryl proof

Medal detail Medal description
Coin code coin_number:30967-631
Value:1 pc
Coin type:gold
Group code:Medals
Year:2014
 
Material:Au 999,9 / 1000
Diameter:28 mm
Thickness:0 mm
Weight:15.56 g
Edge:plain number
 
Circulation:99 ks
Minted:99 ks
Mint:
Author:sculptor Zbyněk Fojtů
Engraving adjustments:Unknown author
Gold half-ounce medal Karel Kryl proof
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Extraordinary figures deserve a special edition. On the occasion of the 70th anniversary of his birth, Czech Mint has prepared an issue of a medal to honour Karel Kryl, Czech singer and songwriter, poet, journalist, graphic artist and, especially, humanist. A half-ounce gold medal will delight all admirers of this outstanding Renaissance personality of the 20th century. This edition is also the only official issue in the Czech Republic – the design of the commemorative medal was personally approved by Maria Magdalena Kryl, the artist’s widow. Karel Kryl was born on 12 April 1944 in Kroměříž. He was one of the prominent representatives of the so-called Czech political protest song. This “poet with a guitar” wrote all lyrics of his famous pamphlet-like songs and longer poetic compositions. His grandparents ran a printing business, but the family printing shop was closed by the communist regime in the 1950s. Karel first wanted to become a potter, but poetry and music began to fully occupy him. His first song, A Blind Girl, came out in 1968. His first album with the title song Close the Gate, Little Brother, which he wrote as an immediate response to the invasion of Czechoslovakia by the Warsaw Pact troops, was released in the same year. In 1969 he emigrated to Germany and settled in Munich. He worked in Radio Free Europe, first as a freelancer and later as an employee. His following albums (except for Monologues) were released in exile. Karel Kryl returned briefly to his homeland in 1989 to attend his mother’s funeral. The initial euphoria sparked by the Velvet Revolution soon faded and in 1990 his first post-revolution critical song was released, titled The Velvet Spring, to be followed by the album Monologues and poems titled Democracy, Timur and His Gang and others. Karel Kryl died on 3 March 1994 in Munich, following a massive heart attack. His legacy is enormous, both quantitatively and, notably, spiritually. He received a number of awards and honours posthumously, such as a Charles University silver commemorative medal for his contribution to the nation’s spiritual development and moral support (1994), the František Kriegl award (1995), a Czech GRAMMY (Hall of Fame - 1995). On 28 October 1995 President Václav Havel awarded him posthumously the Medal of Merit II. class. On 12 April 2014 Kryl receives another well-deserved honour – on this date Czech Mint issues a gold and a silver medal to commemorate the seventieth anniversary of his birth. The medals feature an artful design by the renowned academic sculptor Zbyněk Fojtů. The obverse side portrays the songwriter with his unmistakable wry smile, while the reverse shows the shape of a guitar created from the words of Kryl’s songs. The gold commemorative medal will enrich your collection with a noble memory of a great figure of modern history. The half-ounce gold medal Karel Kryl is issued in a strictly limited edition of just 99 pieces hand-numbered on the edge.
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