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The fifth replica from the series entitled "History of Czech Coins" will introduce the story of the famous silver thaler which was created 500 years ago.
Large deposits of silver ore were discovered in a quiet valley of the Ore Mountains in West Bohemia in 1512. Silver-fever arose as two hundred years earlier in Kutná Hora. The silver thaler from the valley of St. Joachim became world-famous in the same way as the silver groschen made in Kutná Hora. Silver was found in the Šlik estate and was supposed to belong to the king. However, Count Stephan Schlick kept all the silver and began to mint his own coins since 1520. In addition he insolently supplemented them with the coat of arms of his family. The poor King Louis Jagiellon was not taken seriously at the time… The richness of Jáchymov was immense. Silver boulders weighing up to 100 kilograms found almost beneath the surface were nothing special. The miners needed to burn the rock, then cooled it so the ground cracked. This procedure was known as shattering and the Ore Mountains got their name. Mined silver was of high quality and the thalers were equally good. Millions were created, but most of them were melted and used to mint foreign coins in countries that did not have their own silver resources. The dollar that is still in circulation was named after it.
The replica of the Schlick thaler, processed by the academic sculptor Jan Lukáš, is made of silver as well as its historical model.
The mintage is stored in the illustrated spatial concertina book. Thanks to an unmistakable presentation by Lucie Seifertová you will find out a number of interesting facts about the origin of the thalers and how they spread throughout the world. Remember that you can store a complete seven-part cycle of historical coin replicas in a practical collector´s box. The schedule of issuance of individual replicas is not limited.
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