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€10 silver collector euro coin

150th anniversary of the birth of Ľudmila Podjavorinská

Ľudmila Podjavorinská was a pen name of Ľudmila Riznerová (26 April 1872 – 2 March 1951), whose writings extolled her native region below Veľká Javorina hill. She is regarded as one of the most significant Slovak women writers and as the founder of modern Slovak literature for children and young people. She wrote poems, epic verse and recollective, non-moralising prose. She employed humour in her work and wrote magical stories about animals and people. Besides establishing a substantial oeuvre of children’s literature, she engaged herself in major issues of the time. These included women’s issues, in particular the effort to give women a greater role in building up the new Czechoslovak Republic and its institutions. She worked at the Nové Mesto nad Váhom office of the Matica slovenská cultural organisation, where she served as a committee member in the Literary History Department. She also played an active role in the establishment of memorials to the Slovak nation-builders of the Štúr generation. In 1947 she was awarded the title of National Artist.

Description of the coin

The obverse depicts the side view of an open book together with figures from Zajko bojko, Žabiatko and Čin-Čin: children’s verses by Ľudmila Podjavorinská. A garland of flowers appears across the top of the design. Below the book are the Slovak coat of arms and the name of the issuing country ‘SLOVENSKO’. The year of issuance ‘2022’ is inscribed at the left edge. Above the book, at the centre right, are the coin’s denomination ‘10’ and currency ‘EURO’. Below the currency is the mint mark of the Kremnica Mint (Mincovňa Kremnica), consisting of the letters ‘MK’ placed between two dies.

The reverse shows a portrait of Ľudmila Podjavorinská set above a garland of flowers. Among the flowers are the two sparrows from her children’s verse Čin-Čin. To the right of the portrait are the dates of her birth ‘1872’ and death ‘1951’, one above the other. Next to the left side of the garland is the mark of the coin’s designer, Asamat Baltaev. The name ‘ĽUDMILA PODJAVORINSKÁ’ is inscribed along the lower edge of the design.

Coin details

Designer:Asamat Baltaev
Composition:Ag 900/1000, Cu 100/1000
Weight:18 g
Diameter:34 mm
Edge:• SPISOVATEĽKA A AKTIVISTKA MATICE SLOVENSKEJ (‘Writer and Matica slovenská activist’)
Producer:Kremnica Mint (Slovakia)
Engraver:Dalibor Schmidt
Issuing volume:2,600 coins in brilliant uncirculated quality
6,100 euro coins in proof quality
Issuing date:15 April 2022