Czech Lion 2020
The Czech Mint issued a series of investment coins entitled "Czech Lion" with a foreign license in 2017. Its offer has grown significantly and apart from gold coins, whose weight was derived from a troy ounce, there is a coin minted from one quarter troy ounce of pure gold.
Every Czech knows that a two-tailed lion is the dominant heraldic animal of the Czech Republic. But how did this exotic beast get into the emblem of a country situated in the heart of Europe? The legend of Bruncvík, the mythical prince, who left his beloved woman and set out in the world to seek honor and glory, provides a hint. When he was shipwrecked in far Africa, he helped the animal king to fight the beast. Since then a grateful lion has followed him, they have experienced many adventures and have won a miracle sword. Bruncvík returned to the Czech lands after seven long years and fought for the heart of his beloved one. They lived happily until death, and immortalized the faithful lion on the banner. Old chroniclers offer more plausible explanations, but they like to color their stories, so you can find a number of discrepancies there. The first truly documented Czech lion was a symbol of the Přemyslid dynasty and appeared on the equestrian seal of Vladislav Henry in 1203. The lion became the national symbol during the reign of Ottokar II of Bohemia, the Iron and Golden King.
The Czech Mint reworked all variants of investment coins in 2020, but the main idea remained. In addition to the Czech lion in an untraditionally realistic presentation, the reverse side of the gold coin presents two more symbols of Czech statehood - the St Wenceslas crown on the head of a two-tailed beast, and an eagle on the shield, which is a synthesis of St. Wenceslas, Moravian and Silesian birds of prey. The relief was processed by the medal maker Asamat Baltaev, DiS. The obverse side bears the attributes of the island of Niue, which provides the Czech Mint with a foreign license to mint its own coins. The attributes are the portrait and the name of Queen Elizabeth II, the year of the issue 2020 and the nominal value of 10 DOLLARS (NZD). All this is supplemented by linden branches.
While the schedule of issuance of world investment coins amounts to millions of coins a year, the issuance of the quarter-ounce gold coins of the Czech Mint counts only 1,000 pieces (25 of them are a part of a comprehensive set of coins).