When? 1. 2. 2019 – 28. 4. 2019 (Mondays to Sunday 10:00 – 18:00)
Where? Imperial Stable, II. Courtyard of the Prague Castle, Hradčany – Prague 1
How much? Entrance fee is 100 CZK for adult, Kids 50 CZK, Family 200 CZK (2 adults + up to 5 kids)
An exhibition with the world unique in the form of a gold coin made by the Czech National Bank as part of the 100th anniversary of the establishment of the Czech-Slovak Crown is now at Imperial Stables, Prague Castle. The 100-pound coin of pure gold is the world’s second largest coin in the world after the largest in Australia. Its nominal value is CZK 100 million. Unlike the Australian one, the Czech one is unique as is the only one in the world made by milling and engraving technology, the Australian is all cast. The coin diameter produced in Jablonec nad Nisou is 535 mm, the thickness over the edge is 48 mm, the weight is 130 kg.
An exhibition in the Imperial stables at the Prague Castle takes visitors through one hundred years of the history of the Czech and Czechoslovak currency. It gives a chronological overview of not only the issued money but also the most significant issued and unissued artistic designs. Their authors were famous Czech and Slovak artists such as Alfons Mucha, Max Švabinský, Karel Svolinský, and Albín Brunovský. The exhibition also offers a unique perspective on commemorative and commercial coins crafted by important Czech medallists, including an extraordinary gold commemorative coin.
How to get there from Almandine Apartments?
There are many ways to get to the Prague Castle. One of the best options is taking tram no. 22 from the station “Národní třída“, very close to Almandine Apartments (map here). The tram will take you right in front of the main entrance. The tram stop to get off is called “Pražský hrad“. You can also take a nice walk for about 15 minutes to “Malostranská“ (also metro station – the green line A) and from there to take the same tram no. 22 or no. 23 to „Pražský hrad“- see here. Another alternative route would be to go straight to “Můstek” metro (green line A), the closest one to Almandine Apartments, take three stops to “Hradčanská” metro station and than walk a bit (route here).
The Czech koruna replaced the Czechoslovakia koruna in 1993. You can notice its unique design in both banknotes and coins. The important historical figures are depicted in the banknotes – the emperor Charles IV. (100 CZK), the pedagogue Jan Amos Komenský (200 CZK), the writer Božena Němcová (500 CZK), the historian and politician František Palacký (1000 CZK), the opera singer Emma Destinová (2000 CZK), and the first president of Czechoslovakia Tomas Garrigue Masaryk (5000 CZK).
Currently used examples are in the links below:
- banknotes https://www.cnb.cz/en/banknotes-and-coins/banknotes/
- coins https://www.cnb.cz/en/banknotes-and-coins/coins/