In a previous post, I had discussed the 2012 Europa Coin Programme, which highlights European Artists. One of the coins that caught my eye was the Master Pavol of Levoča 10 Euro Coin from Slovakia.
Master Pavol a medieval carver and sculptor of the 15th and 16th centuries. He was active within the town of Levoča within the Kingdom of Hungary, which is in present day Slovakia. Portions of his work are depicted on the recent coin issue.
The obverse contains an image of the Madonna from the Nativity scene in St. Jacob’s Church in Levoča. The background includes a Gothic arch and elements from Master Pavol’s workshop, with the national emblem on the right side. The reverse contains a detail from a sculpture of an apostle. Once again, an arch and other elements are placed in the background.
The edge of the coin carries an inscription which translates to “From Gothic to Renaissance.”
The coin is struck in 90% silver and has a weight of 18 grams. This yields silver content of about 0.5208 troy ounces.
I was able to purchase this coin directly from the website of the Kremnica Mint. The uncirculated version of the coin was priced at 24.90 Euros, which is low compared to what some other world mints charge for similar sized coins.
I also added a commemorative coin to the order, which was issued last year to mark the 150th anniversary of the adoption of the Memorandum of the Slovak Nation, which was an important document relating to national emancipation.
The coins arrived more quickly than I expected and were packaged securely with some excellent informative brochures included.
Two more recent releases from the Kremnica Mint include a silver coin honoring Rabbinical Scholar Chatam Sofer and medals struck in gold, silver, and nordic gold for the London 2012 Olympics. You can see coverage of these releases on Coin Update News.
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