The effigy of Charles IV, sovereign of the greatest importance, dominates the reverse sides of all three gold "ducat" medals in the unique set "The Period of Charles IV", a special issue prepared by the Czech Mint. Charles IV sitting on a throne is encircled by majestic buildings that he had built during his reign - Karlštejn Castle, Charles Bridge and St. Vitus’ Cathedral. The years of the ruler’s birth and death are also part of the reverse: 1316 and 1378, name of the series in two languages and the name of the Czech capital - Praha.
The obverse sides of individual silver medals feature each of the said monuments artistically rendered by renowned Czech medallist M.A. Josef Oplištil. Thanks to the series The Period of Charles IV homage has been paid to the architectural gems Karlštejn Castle, Charles Bridge and St. Vitus’ Cathedral reflecting their monumentality in shining pure silver.
Charles IV was the 11th King of Bohemia, Roman Emperor, King of the Romans, King of Italy and Burgundy. His significance for the entire Europe cannot be overlooked, but he himself felt the biggest commitment to the Lands of the Bohemian Crown and he ruled them using reason and emotion alike. Under his rule trade, culture and education thrived in a so far unprecedented way. As a highly pious man Charles IV relied on the church and had a number of major sacral, as well as functional structures built, which left a distinctive imprint on our country.
Karlštejn Castle is an architectural rarity; its construction started in 1348. The castle served as a safe repository for the crown jewels and precious relics of the Roman Empire.
St. Vitus’ Cathedral - together with the whole Prague Castle, the cathedral became a symbolic heart of the Czech lands embodying national pride and identity. Many joyful as well as moving chapters of the Czech history were written in the place which was being built for many centuries.
Charles Bridge is a spectacular structure linking the Old Town with the Lesser Quarter is a vivid outdoor exposition; the bridge is decorated with 30 primarily Baroque statues and sculptural groups and ranks among renowned symbols of the capital.
"The Period of Charles IV" silver set glorifies three major monuments that were initiated by Pater Patriae (Father of the Homeland), that have been admired and praised by the Czech people for centuries. The set is delivered in a luxurious wooden case with a certificate of origin.