The National Bank of Slovakia have issued a new collector’s coin to mark the 250th anniversary of birth of a noted figure in Slovak history.
Anton Bernolák (1762 -1813) was a leading personality of Slovak national life in the late 18th and early 19th centuries. A Catholic priest and prominent linguist, he was the first person to codify the Slovak language and is remembered as an active promoter of Slovak national life and education. Bernolak’s linguistic works cover all aspects of the Slovak language, and in his most important publication Dissertatio philologico-critica de literis Slavorum (Philological-critical dissertation on Slovak letters) published in 1787, he made the case for having a single codified Slovak language.
The coin, designed by Pavel Károly, includes a portrait of Anton Bernolák set in a textual composition that forms the titles of his works. The face value of 10 EURO is on the left side of the coin, and below the portrait is the text “1762 – 1813 ANTON BERNOLÁK” in two lines. To the left of the portrait the mintmark of the Kremnica Mint and to the right are the stylized initials of the coin’s designer. The reverse depicts references to Anton Bernolák’s life and work – including the title page of his book Etymologia vocum Slavicarum, a facsimile of his signature, and a quill. On the left side is the state emblem of the Slovak Republic, positioned above the year 2012. The country name SLOVENSKO is placed towards the lower part of the coin.
Struck in .900 fine silver to both proof and FDC quality, the coin weighs 18 grams and has a diameter of 34 mm. The proof quality coin has a limited mintage of 6,950 pieces and the FDC quality strike has a limited mintage of 5,200 pieces.
For more information on this and other coins offered by the Kremnica Mint, please visit their website at: http://www.mint.sk/nakup_novinky.php International orders gladly fulfilled.