200 korun – 150th anniversary - Birth of painter Alfons Mucha
On 23 June 2010, the Czech National Bank is putting into circulation a CZK 200 commemorative silver coin to mark the 150th anniversary of the birth of the greatest Czech Art Nouveau painter Alfons Mucha. The coin is minted from an alloy containing 900 parts silver and 100 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 0.900 * 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 depicts Alfons Mucha’s decorative panel “Music” from “The Arts” cycle. The name of the state “ČESKÁ REPUBLIKA” is located around the left-hand edge of the coin. The bottom edge of the coin bears the denomination and abbreviated monetary unit “200 Kč”. The mark of the Czech Mint is located at the right-hand edge of the coin. The reverse side of the coin features a portrait of Alfons Mucha on the background of Art Nouveau decoration. The years “1860 ◦ 2010” and the inscription “ALFONS MUCHA” are located at the right-hand edge of the coin. To the left of the bottom of the portrait are the initials of the designer of the coin, the sculptor Ivan Řehák.
Each coin comes with a light-orange postcard-sized catalogue card. The relief of the coin is dry-stamped through silver foil. The text is given in Czech and English. The card is the same for the normal-quality and proof-quality coins.