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Bratislava coronations 350th anniversary of the coronation of Leopold I

200 Sk Commemorative Silver Coin

In the first third of the 16th century, Hungary was threatened by the plundering raids of the Turks. After the tragic battle at Mohacs in 1526, the Turks were quickly advancing within the country. After the Turkish occupation of the capital Buda in 1536, the Hungarian Parliament decided that the new capital and coronation city of Hungary would become Pressburg (today’s Bratislava). From 1563 to 1830, a total of 11 rulers and 8 royal wives were crowned in the Gothic St. Martin’s Cathedral. The Archbishop of Esztergom, the supreme church dignitary of the country, assisted by other church and secular dignitaries, usually crowned the King.

Leopold I, son of Ferdinand III, barely 15 years old, was crowned in Pressburg on June 27, 1655 as the sixth of the Hungarian kings. During his long reign, which lasted till his death in 1705, the Turks were chased from Hungary, thus marking the definitive end of the dominion of Ottoman Empire.

Description of the coin


The period depiction of Bratislava with St. Martin’s Cathedral and Bratislava Castle is located on the obverse of the coin. Beneath, the year of mintage, 2005, appears in the ribbon. The national state shield with nominal value under it is located in the upper right hand section of the coin. The name of the state SLOVENSKA REPUBLIKA appears near the bottom edge of the coin. MP, the stylized initials of Maria Poldaufova, the designer, and mW, the trademark of the mint are located above the ribbon near the left edge of the coin.


The portrait of Leopold I crowned with a laurel wreath is found on the reverse in the middle of the coin, within the circle evoking the coronation medal. The Latin text CONSILIO ET INDVSTRIA (With composure and endeavour) the royal coronation slogan, arches above the portrait and the name and title of the Hungarian king is found below. The interesting composition of the text KORUNOVACIA LEOPOLDA I. BRATISLAVA (The coronation of Leopold I Bratislava) and the year of coronation 1655, is located around the portrait.

Coin’s data

Designer: Maria Poldaufova
Material: Ag 900, Cu 100
Weight: 18 g
Diameter: 34 mm
(Bratislava coronations)
Producer: The Polish State Mint (Mennica Panstwowa)
Engraver: Stanislaw Golebiewski
Number of
pieces minted:
brilliant uncirculated quality: 8,900, the limited mintage is 10,000
proof quality: 4,800, the limited mintage is 5,000
Date of issue: 13 July 2005

Prospectus (PDF file; 773 KB)