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Mintage to order no.1, proof - 650th anniversary of birth of Wenceslas IV

Medal detail Medal description
Coin code coin_number:30603-641
Value:1 pc
Coin type:gold
Group code:Medals
Year:2011
 
Material:Au 999,9 / 1000
Diameter:37 mm
Thickness:0 mm
Weight:31.1 g
Edge:plain label
 
Circulation:0 ks
Minted:0 ks
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Author:Mgr.A Jan Hásek
Engraving adjustments:Unknown author
Mintage to order no.1, proof - 650th anniversary of birth of Wenceslas IV
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Mintage to order no.1, proof - 650th anniversary of birth of Wenceslas IV Mintage to order no.1, proof - 650th anniversary of birth of Wenceslas IV
Mintage to order no.1, proof - 650th anniversary of birth of Wenceslas IV Wenceslas IV, son of emperor and king Charles IV and his third wife Anna of Schweidnitz (Anna of Świdnica) was born on 26 February 1361 in Nuremberg. From early childhood, his imperial father gave him many titles and ranks. Wenceslas was appointed as Elector of Brandenburg, Duke of Lusatia, Luxembourg and Silesia. At the age of two (on15 June 1363) he was crowned Czech king, and on 6 July 1376 in Aachen king of Germany (i.e. King of the Romans). He reigned independently as king of Germany from 30 November 1378 until 28 August 1400, when he was deposed but continued using his royal title. Wenceslas was raised by Prague archbishops and obtained very good education, he spoke Latin and German. His father involved him in royal duties at an early age. As a seven-year old he was for the first time appointed as head of the Land Administration next to the Prague archbishop, from 1372 he regularly participated in political life. Therefore it cannot be ruled out that he was somewhat tired of it, or even fed up with it when he was to take over the reign and rule on his own at the age of 17. Numerous documents testify that the king preferred hunting to his political duties.Wenceslas then often “ran“ from Prague and resided at his castles in the forests west of Prague, primarily at Křivoklát and, later on, at Žebrák and Točník. At the latter he appreciated – apart from hunting, the proximity of a significant “land route” from Prague.The obverse side of the medal features portrait of Wenceslas IV with emperor’s crown on the head. The motif of the medal was inspired by a sculpture by Peter Parléř on the Old Town bridge tower which ranks among the most impressive works of secular Gothics in the world. The sculpture depicting the king was created between 1380 and 1400. The portrait of Wenceslas IV is complemented with text “650 let od narození Václava IV“ (650 years since the birth of Wenceslas IV) in circumscription.The reverse side of the medal features the Točník castle. It was built as a representative royal residence by Wenceslas IV at the end of the 14th century after the nearby Žebrák castle was destroyed by fire. Beginning of the 15th century was the golden era of the new castle. The castle on the medal corresponds to its original shape and size based on expert reconstruction of the castle’s appearance in the 15th century – adequately to the portrait of the king. The main castle gate was decorated with emblems of countries reigned by Wenceslas. A total of 10 emblems are arranged on the medal, all of them – identically arranged -- were part of the heraldic decoration of the Old Time bridge tower. From there “the royal route” to the main residence of the Czech king began. The 10 shields on the medal arranged in two rows are complemented by a kingfisher, personal sign of Wenceslas IV. In the lower part the words “Hrad Točník“ (Točník castle) complete the picture.
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