“The silver coin to commemorate the founding of Greater Prague is the first large-scale commemorative coin of the CNB to be sold. Its diameter of 10 cm makes it the second largest and the weight of 1 kg makes it the second heaviest coin we have issued so far, “ said Oldřich Dědek, a member of the CNB’s Bank Board. The largest and heaviest coin issued by the CNB remains the gold coin with a nominal value of CZK 100 million from 2019.
Greater Prague, ie a unified municipality with the official name “Capital City of Prague” was established by the Act on the Establishment of Greater Prague on January 1, 1922. Dejvice, Karlín, Smíchov, Královské Vinohrady or Žižkov. The capital city of Prague was newly divided into 13 districts. The 100-member central council and city council, headed by the mayor, Karel Baxa, was responsible for the joint administration of the entire city. In 1922, 676,000 people lived in Greater Prague, and the city covered an area of almost 172 km2.
The anniversary of the founding of Greater Prague is commemorated by the CNB’s extraordinary commemorative silver coin, which is made of 999 sterling silver, has a diameter of 100 mm and weighs 1,000 g. In the matte variant with a knurled edge, 2,300 pieces are emitted, another 5,800 pieces are produced in the polished variant, which is characterized by a polished coin field, matte relief and a smooth edge.
The coin was designed by academic sculptor Zbyněk Fojtů, who placed the historical emblem of the capital city of Prague on its obverse. On the back side The coin depicts a map of Greater Prague with an indication of the territory of all originally independent historical municipalities and cities that formed Greater Prague in 1922–1968. Around the perimeter of the coin, shields from the emblems of the following municipalities and towns are depicted in the order from the top right: Vršovice, Košíř, Smíchova, Břevnov, Bubenče, Vyšehrad, Hradčany, Malé Parties, The Old Town of Prague, the New Town of Prague, Liben, Vysocany, Karlin, Zizkov, Royal Vinohrady and Nusle. The coin was produced by Česká mincovna, as in Jablonec nad Nisou.
The face value of the CZK 10,000 coin is not the same as the selling price. It is higher and takes into account, among other things, the price of silver, costs associated with current production and VAT. Coins can be purchased from selected contractual partners.
Unfortunately, sales of this commemorative silver coin will be affected by worldwide supply problems. Due to this unfavorable situation, they will be gradually due to unfavorable production by the CNB’s contractual partners.
An extraordinary issue of a commemorative silver coin to commemorate the founding of Greater Prague is included emission plan CNB in the period 2021–2025. A silver 200-crown coin will commemorate the 150th birth of Jože Plečnik, which will be presented in January 2022.
Director of the Communications Department and Spokesperson of the CNB