CZECHOSLOVAKIA. Gold Medallic 10 Ducats, 1934. Kremnica Mint. NGC MS-64.
Fr-13; KMX-21; Novotny-VI.A (RRRR). Mintage: 68. By: Anton Ham. Obverse: St. Catherine kneeling in prayer and supplication, mining equipment before her being illuminated by the glory of God from a radiant cloud; behind her, arms of Hungary-Anjou and flowering plant, all within hexagon; Reverse: Scenes of mining operations within a hexagon, further encircled by border of beads and legend. BREATHTAKINGLY RARE as reflected by the miniscule mintage, this enticing example overruns with beauty, evidenced by the reflective and preening luster and the needle-sharp details. Avoiding major inclusions or digs, the surfaces provide a cohesive appearance, and dance with beauty and charm. A piece that charms all those who look at it, and one commanding much respect.
The Kremnica Mines were a Medieval mine that produced gold of high quality that was respected for its' purity throughout Europe. The mint that worked to produce coinage from metal extracted from the mine is one of the world's oldest functioning mints, and is a source of tremendous pride, as evidenced by the hulking gold medal honoring its reopening in 1934. To view all items from the Augustana Collection, click here.
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Estimate: $20000 - $40000