100 euro – Bratislava Coronations - 400th anniversary of the coronation of Ferdinand II
Series: Slovakia – Gold 100 euro coins
In July 2017 Národná banka Slovenska (NBS) announced a public competition for the design of a €100 gold collector coin featuring Bratislava coronations - 400th anniversary of the coronation of Ferdinand II. A total of nine designs by nine different designers were entered in the competition. In November 2017 the designs were evaluated anonymously by NBS's Committee for the Assessment of Commemorative and Collector Coin Designs. The Committee was assisted in its task by two expert advisers: Matej Hanula, from the Institute of History of the Slovak Academy of Sciences, and Štefan Holčík, a historian. At the Committee's recommendation, the NBS Bank Board awarded a reduced first prize to a design by Karol Ličko and approved it as the design for the coin. The Committee acknowledged the artistic balance of the design, the representation of the theme, and the linkage of the obverse and reverse compositions, with the lettering on each side appearing between the edge of the field and an inner ornamental circle. The design was praised for its depiction of the coronation procession on the obverse and the portrait of King Ferdinand II on the reverse.