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150th anniversary of the birth of Jozef Cíger Hronský

200 Sk commemorative silver coin

Banknotes and coins, 150th anniversary of the birth of Jozef Cíger Hronský
Banknotes and coins, 150th anniversary of the birth of Jozef Cíger Hronský

Jozef Cíger Hronský (23.2.1896 Zvolen – 13.7.1960 Lujan, Argentina) is an important representative of modern Slovak literature. He is regarded as the pioneer of new trends in Slovak literary development in the 20th century. He is the author of extremely popular books for children and young people, collections of stories, novels and travel books. He was a leading representative of Matica slovenská, the leading Slovak cultural and academic organization. He was responsible for its development programme, which pursued the general development of Slovak national culture. He was not only concerned with development of the membership base, but also with the creation of its academic departments and the construction of the Slovak National Library. Extraordinary achievement is attributed to Hronský in connection with the development of publishing activity. He established the Neografia printing enterprise, at the time the most productive printing enterprise in Slovakia. It secured the financial independence of Matica slovenská. He continued his activities for Matica in exile in Argentina. In 1959, he became a co-founder of Matica slovenská abroad.

  • Coin description

    The nominal value of the coin and coat of arms of the Slovak Republic are placed in the middle of the coin in a rectangle. The name of the state, “SLOVENSKÁ REPUBLIKA”, is given in two lines above and below the rectangle. The year of issue and the abbreviation “Sk”, for the monetary unit, are placed to the sides.

    A fragment of a portrait of J. C. Hronský is placed in a rectangle in the middle of the coin, with an impression of the sun to its right. Hronský’s name is given above and below the rectangle, with his years of birth and death to the side.

  • Coin details
    Designer:Patrik Kovačovský
    Material:Ag 750, Cu 250
    Weight:20 g
    Diameter:34 mm
    Edge:inscription: “NIET KRAJŠÍCH SLOV AKO SKUTKY”
    (Actions speaks louder than words)
    Producer:Kremnica Mint (Slovak Republic)
    Issuing volume:22,000
    of which 1,500 in proof quality
    Demonetized:7 150 in brilliant uncirculated quality (2002)
    600 in brilliant uncirculated quality (2006)