This beautiful Czech symbol 1 Oz Silver coin is part of the “Golden Enigma” series that features famous and favoured investment motives. In this edition – the Czech Lion. The coin is completely plated with original Black Ruthenium, has a beautiful Gold plating
Coat of arms of the Czech Republic
The coat of arms of the Czech Republic (Czech: Státní znak České republiky) displays the three historical regions—the Czech lands—which make up the nation. The current coat of arms, which was adopted in 1992, was designed by Czech heraldist Jiří Louda. The arms of Bohemia show a silver double-tailed lion on a red background. This Bohemian Lion makes up the first and the fourth quarters of the greater coat of arms, so it is repeated in the shield. The Moravian red-and-silver chequered eagle is shown on a blue background. Between 1915 and 1918 the Moravian Eagle was chequered in the red-and-gold colors. The arms of Silesia are a black eagle with the so-called "clover stalk" (lat. perisonium) in her breast on a golden background, although only a small south-eastern part of the historical region (Czech Silesia) belongs to the Czech Republic (the main part is now in Poland). The rulers of Bohemia originally bore for arms a so-called St. Wenceslas flaming eagle. In the 12th century, Emperor Frederick granted new arms to King Vladislaus II consisting of a silver lion on a red field, to symbolise his valor. The lion was at first represented with one tail. Later a second tail was added, for the help provided by the King Přemysl Otakar II fighting the Saxons.
Lion double-tailed story
It is not easy to be sure for lack of historical sources. Vladislav II. got a first sign with a lion from Friedrich Barbarossa in 1158 together with title "king" as a reminder that Czech warriors fought for Friedrich "as lions". But this lion had just one tail. Where we got the double-tailed lion? Maybe this comes from Premysl Otakar II. He was using a double-tailed lion sign to hint that he is "a second or younger king" of Bohemia (1247). When he was crowned as the king, he kept the double-tailed lion as the Czech coat. And so it remains until today...
The reverse of the coin features an incredible image of the lion of the Czech Coat of Arms, over a beautiful Ruthenium background. All around the reverse, the inscriptions: “1 oz Ag 9999” – the weight of the coin and the fineness of the Silver and “ČESKA REPUBLIKA”. The obverse of the coin features the effigy of her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and the inscriptions: “NIUE ISLANDS” – the issuing country, “2 DOLLARS” – the face value, “ELIZABETH II” – the name of the Queen and “2018” – the year of issue.
|Weight (g)||31.1 (1 oz)|
|Presentation case (box)||Yes|
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