National Heritage Site – Suspension Bridge at Stádlec
Preparation of designs for the coin – competition conditions (pdf, 985 kB) - only Czech version
Technical preparation of the coin – competition results - only Czech version
On 14 May 2008, the Czech National Bank is putting into circulation the fifth gold commemorative coin from its Industrial Heritage Sites cycle: “National Heritage Site – Suspension Bridge at Stádlec”. The coin is minted in two quality versions differing in surface treatment and edge marking. The normal-quality coins have fields and reliefs of the same polish and milled edges. The proof-quality coins, intended for the most discerning collectors, have highly polished fields, matt reliefs and plain edges. The edge of the normal-quality coin is plain. The normal–quality coins and proof-quality coins are minted from 999.9 purity gold. The coin has a weight of 7.78 g, a diameter of 22 mm and a thickness of 1.6 mm. 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 0.062 g and the gold content of 0.01% are allowed.
The obverse side of the coin depicts a side view of the Suspension Bridge at Stádlec. Located above it are stylised heraldic animals from the large national coat-of-arms. Written around the left-hand, upper and right-hand edge of the coin is the name of the cycle: “KULTURNÍ PAMÁTKY TECHNICKÉHO DĚDICTVÍ”. The name of the state “ČESKÁ REPUBLIKA” is situated at the left-hand bottom edge of the coin, and the denomination and abbreviated monetary unit “2500 Kč” are at the right-hand edge of the coin. The mark of the Czech Mint is located below the abbreviated monetary unit. The whole circle of the obverse side of the coin is bordered by an astragal.
The reverse side of the coin depicts a front view of the Suspension Bridge at Stádlec. The year of completion of the chain bridge is given in Roman numerals “MDCCCXLVIII” above the front pier of the bridge. The upper and bottom edges of the coin feature the unclosed text “ŘETĚZOVÝ MOST VE STÁDLCI”. The year of mintage “2008” is located near the bottom edge of the coin above the words “VE STÁDLCI”. The coin was designed by Luboš Charvát, whose initials – the stylised interlinked letters “LCH” – are located next to the left-hand side of the pier.
Each coin comes with a red postcard-sized catalogue card. The relief of the coin is dry-stamped through gold foil. The text is given in Czech and English. The card is the same for the normal-quality and proof-quality coins.
The Czech National Bank sells its commemorative coins through entities licensed to trade in numismatic material and, to a limited extent, also in its branches outside Prague.