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Nature and countryside conservation – Malá Fatra (Little Fatra) National Park

500 Sk commemorative silver coin

Banknotes and coins, Nature and countryside conservation – Malá Fatra (Little Fatra) National Park
Banknotes and coins, Nature and countryside conservation – Malá Fatra (Little Fatra) National Park

The Malá Fatra National Park is a remote mountain area in northwestern Slovakia. It was created in 1988, has an area of 22,630 hectares, and a relief, which is very varied in nature, and is a home to many animal and plant species. The mountain chain is approximately 23 kilometres long and 13 kilometres wide. The highest peak is Veľký Fatranský Kriváň (1709 m), however, Veľký Rozsutec (1610 m) dominates the landscape, being one of the most beautiful Slovak mountains. The lowest point is Hradský Potok creek (358 m) in the Strečnianska Tiesňava gorge, and the highest waterfall is Šútovský Vodopád (38 m).

The area is used for recreation and sports, and the most visited places are Vrátna Dolina valley, Jánošíkove Diery caves and Šútovský Vodopád waterfall. Attractions of the area include Strečno and Starhrad castles, folk-architecture at Terchová, Štefanová and Zázrivá villages, and the story of Jánošík, the Slovak Robin Hood.

  • Description of the coin

    The coat of arms is placed in the center of the obverse of the coin, surrounded by four depictions of the beetle Rosalia alpina. The name of the state SLOVENSKÁ REPUBLIKA appears around the margin of the coin. The year of issue 2001, is placed below the coat of arms. The mark of the designer Patrik Kovačovský is placed to the right and the mark of the Kremnica Mint to the left, in the lower part of the field.

    The reverse of the coin is dominated by a depiction of the flower Cypripedium calceolus. In the upper half of the coin field, there is part of a tree with a view of Veľký Rozsutec in the background. The name of the national park – NARODNÝ PARK MALÁ FATRA – appears on the margin of the coin. The value of the coin 500 Sk is shown in the lower half of the field.

  • Coin details
    Designer:Patrik Kovačovský
    Material:Ag 925, Cu 75
    Weight:33.63 g
    Diameter:40 mm
    Edge:relief inscription “OCHRANA PRÍRODY A KRAJINY”, with a symbolic mark of a mountain range
    (Protection of the nature and landscape)
    Producer:Kremnica Mint (Slovak Republic)
    Engraver:Dalibor Schmidt
    Issuing volume:12,000
    of which 1,800 in proof quality
    Demonetized:400 in brilliant uncirculated quality (2006)