200 korun: Foundation of Sokol movement

Series: Czech Republic: Silver 200 kronen coins

200 korun Foundation of Sokol movement - 2012 - Series: Silver 200 kronen coins - Czech Republic

On 15 February 2012 the Czech National Bank is putting into circulation a CZK 200 commemorative silver coin to mark the 150th anniversary of the foundation of the gymnastics organisation Sokol. 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 “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 2.3 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 features the current symbol of Sokol, with the Czech lion located at its centre formed by the letter “O”. The Sokol symbol is located on the background of a pattern depicting gymnasts at the Slet gymnastic festival. The name of the state in Czech “ČESKÁ REPUBLIKA” and the denomination and abbreviated monetary unit “200 Kč” are written around the outer circle. The mark of the Czech Mint is located above the letter “E” in the word “REPUBLIKA” and is bounded on both sides by figures of gymnasts. The reverse side features a motif from the flag of the Prague Sokol by Josef Mánes, which is located on the background of a pattern depicting gymnasts at the Slet gymnastic festival. The inscription in Czech “ZALOŽENÍ SOKOLA” and the years “1862” and “2012” are written around the outer circle. The CZK 200 commemorative silver coin was designed by Jaroslav Bejvl. His initials, made up of the letters “J” and “B”, are located below the left wing of the falcon.

Each coin comes with a white catalogue card with a red border containing a description and the relief of the coin.