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2000 – the bimillenary jubilee year

2 000 Sk commemorative silver coin

Banknotes and coins, 2000 – the bimillenary jubilee year
Banknotes and coins, 2000 – the bimillenary jubilee year

The jubilee year 2000 represents an important milestone in the history of humanity. It is the last year of the twentieth century, and, at the same time, the last year of the second millennium. It is also a “magic year” in which all the numbers of the date change.

The Christian world is about to celebrate this unique anniversary above all as the two thousandth anniversary of the birth of Jesus Christ. His message of sacrifice and love is still relevant and its universal human content addresses not only Christians, but also members of other religions and people without religion. The turn of the millennium also offers the possibility to recall the historical milestones in the history of nations and of all humanity and is an opportunity for thinking about the future, which will be significantly influenced by the spiritual and cultural level of humanity, and the potential for mutual aid, cooperation, understanding and tolerance.

  • Description of the coin

    On the obverse of the coins, personalities and events in the history of Slovakia up to the origin of the independent state are depicted on the wings of the Greek goddess Nike. This is accompanied by the Latin inscription “QUID DURAT VINCIT” (Who endures triumphs). Celtic coins evidencing the developed culture, and the existence of urban settlements in the area of present-day Slovakia, from before the time of Christ to the second century, are depicted on the lower margin. They were followed by the coming of the missionaries Sts. Cyril and Methodius, who were received by Prince Rastislav (863). They are associated with the spread of the Christianity to Great Moravia, the creation of the first Slavonic writing, the establishment and development of Old Slavonic literature, Slavonic culture and the establishment of an independent church province. For centuries, Slovakia was part of the Kingdom of Hungary, at first as a separate principality. This is expressed by the Hungarian crown in the central part of the relief. The leading personalities of the national movement Ľudovít Štúr, Jozef Miloslav Hurban and Michal Miloslav Hodža are found above it. Their part in the national emancipation process resulted in the codification of written Slovak (1843), the creation of the first national political programme, the Slovak National Council (1848) and the Slovak Uprising (1848-1849), the first armed action of the Slovaks to gain recognition of a national identity, representation in the old Hungarian state, civil rights and freedoms. The state shield in the upper part symbolizes the origin of the independent Slovak Republic in 1993.

    Fragments of typical architectural elements of Christian architecture of different periods are depicted on the reverse of the coin. Against this background, a figure of Christ is placed in the centre, with arms extended, evoking the figure of a prophet, and at the same time an all-embracing gesture. The form of a cross is also suggested, one of the basic symbols of Christianity. The star of Bethlehem, indicating Christ’s place of birth, is placed in the lower part. The year of issue is given below in Latin: “AD MM” (The Year of the Lord 2000).

  • Coin details
    Designer:Štefan Novotný
    Material:Ag 999
    Weight:124.414 g
    Diameter:65 mm
    Producer:Kremnica mint (Slovak Republic)
    Issuing volume:4,000 in proof quality