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250th anniversary of the birth of Jozef Dekret Matejovie

€10 silver collector coin

Banknotes and coins, 250th anniversary of the birth of Jozef Dekret Matejovie
Banknotes and coins, 250th anniversary of the birth of Jozef Dekret Matejovie

Jozef Dekret Matejovie (12 July 1774 – 18 January 1841) was born in Dobroč near Čierny Balog. Coming from a forestry background, Matejovie laid the groundwork for rational management of Slovak forests and made a major contribution to forest preservation. In the 19th century, timber was the main source of building material and energy for the metallurgical industry in central Slovakia. Its extraction and processing were an important source of livelihood for the local population. Aware of the disastrous consequences of unregulated logging for both the environment and society, Matejovie was successful in changing hitherto detrimental practices. In 1809 he began efforts to regenerate forest stands. He established the first forest nurseries and seed banks, and he put a stop to clear-cutting. To promote natural forest regeneration and the creation of mixed stands, he relocated logging to other sites. He further ensured the husbandry of timber resources by, for example, utilising waste from logging sites. Under his leadership, nearly four thousand hectares of deforested land were reforested by 1838.

  • Description of the coin

    The obverse features the cross-section of a tree trunk incused with a coniferous tree’s outline in which a seedling is depicted. To the right of the outline, overlying part of the trunk, is the year of issuance ‘2024’ and the Slovak coat of arms, one above the other. The name of the issuing country ‘SLOVENSKO’ is inscribed along the right edge of the design. To the left of the seedling’s roots are the mint mark of the Kremnica Mint (Mincovňa Krem­nica), consisting of the letters ‘MK’ placed between two dies, and the stylised initials ‘MS’, referring to the coin’s designer Martin Sabol.

    The left side of the reverse depicts part of a tree trunk cross-section, its right edge resembling the left outline of a coniferous tree. To the right of this image is a portrait of Jozef Dekret Matejo­vie. The dates of his birth and death ‘1774 – 1841’ are inscribed along the central right edge of the design. Overlying part of the cross-section are the coin’s denomination ‘10’ and currency ‘EURO’, one above the other. Along the design’s left edge is the inscription ‘JOZEF DEKRET MATEJOVIE’.

  • Coin details
    Designer:Martin Sabol    
    Composition:.900 silver, .100 copper
    Weight:18 g
    Diameter:34 mm
    (Pioneer of forest regeneration methods in Slovakia)
    Producer:Kremnica Mint
    Engraver:Dalibor Schmidt
    Issuing volume:3,900 coins in brilliant uncirculated quality                        
    8,600 coins in proof quality
    Issuing date:22 May 2024