Commemorative silver coin to mark the 500th anniversary of the birth of Jan Blahoslav
On 15 February 2023 the Czech National Bank is putting into circulation a CZK 200 commemorative silver coin to mark the 500th anniversary of the birth of Jan Blahoslav. The coin is minted from an alloy containing 925 parts silver and 75 parts copper and is issued in two versions, normal quality and proof quality, which differ in surface treatment and edge marking. Proof-quality coins have a highly polished field, a matt relief and a plain edge with the inscription in Czech “ČESKÁ NÁRODNÍ BANKA * Ag 0.925 * 13 g *”. Normal quality coins have milled edges. The coin is 31 mm in diameter, weighs 13 g and is 2.2 mm thick. As with any other coins, deviations in diameter of 0.1 mm and thickness of 0.15 mm are allowed. Upward deviations in weight of 0.26 g and silver content of 1% are permitted.
The obverse side of the coin shows a composition of the spine and title page of the book Gramatika česká dating from 1571. A symbolic cross has been added to the title page. The text “ČESKÁ REPUBLIKA ♦ 200 Kč” is written on the book’s spine. The mark of the Czech Mint, in the form of the letters “Č” and “M”, is located near the lower edge of the coin. The composition on the obverse side is maintained on the reverse side of the coin. The reverse side features a portrait of Jan Blahoslav instead of the title page of the book and the text “1523 ♦ JAN BLAHOSLAV ♦ 2023” is written on its spine. The initial of the designer Vojtěch Dostál – a reversed letter “D” – is situated near the lower edge of the coin.
Each coin comes with a light purple catalogue card containing a description and the relief of the coin.
The Czech National Bank sells its commemorative coins through contractual partners licensed to trade in numismatic material.