Slovakia’s central bank, the National Bank of Slovakia (NBS) recently issued a collector’s silver coin with a nominal value of €10 to mark the 150th anniversary of the adoption of the Memorandum of the Slovak Nation. The coin’s motif focuses on this important event in the nation’s history when on June 7, 1861 leaders of Slovak political and cultural life released a comprehensive document concerning the cultural and educational life of Slovaks living in the Great Hungarian Kingdom.
The most important items in the document included a desire to establish a Slovak cultural and enlightenment institution that later was to become Matica Slovenská, which still exists, and to establish three Slovak-language secondary grammar schools – in Martin and Kláštor pod Znievom in the Žilina Region and in Revúca in Banská Bystrica Region. The official language and the language used in schools at that time was only Hungarian.
The obverse side of the coin depicts a stylized lime tree superimposed on a tricolour in the form of triple mound. Above the left part of the tricolour is a church as a symbol of Christianity and above the right part of the tricolour is an outline of Kriváň Mountain, a symbol of the freedom, protection and independence of the Slovak nation. The national emblem of the Slovak Republic is in the middle of the coin. Petra Pauerová, spokesperson for the NBS, told the TASR newswire that Andrea Rolková and Pavel Karoly designed this face of the coin.
The reverse side of the coin depicts participants at the Slovak National Assembly in Turčiansky Svätý Martin as well as the Lutheran church with a canopy of lime trees where the Memorandum of the Slovak Nation was adopted. Set within the lower part of the façade is the Slovak symbol of a Patriarchal cross on triple mound. Mária Poldaufová designed this side of the coin. The collectable coins are also available in proof sets and can be purchased through NBS’ contracted partners. The coin was produced at the Kremnica Mint.
20. Jun 2011 at 0:00 | Compiled by Spectator staff