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100th anniversary of the first modern Olympic Games and the first participation of the Slovak Republic in the Summer

Silver 200 Sk coin

The Olympic Games, the most important sporting event in the world, convince us, from their revival in 1896, that humanity has few such festivals which can compete in tradition, beauty or nobility of thought with this unique inheritance from the past.

The Olympic symbol – five inter-linked rings of varying colours – expresses the desire to bring the nations of all the continents closer together. Their motto – Citius, altius, fortius (Faster, higher, stronger), is an appeal to the athletes of the world to perform in a chivalrous spirit – for the winners to respect the losers, and for the losers to seek the moral strength to win. All this should be done in the spirit of the message of the founder of the modern Olympic Games Pierre de Coubertin: “The most important thing in the Olympic Games is not to win, but to take part, since the important thing in life is not to triumph but to struggle.”

Description of the coin


The emblem of the Slovak Olympic team is depicted in the middle of the coin, below it is the year of issue. The name of the state “SLOVENSKA REPUBLIKA” is given in a curve.


A running track is placed in the centre of the field of the coin, with a classical Ionic column in the centre. The year 1896, is placed to the right of the column and the year 1996, to the left. The nominal value is give on the lower margin, with the text “OLYMPIJSKE HRY” (Olympic Games) in a curve below it.

Coin’s data

Designer: Imrich Svitana
Material: Ag 750, Cu 250
Weight: 20 g
Diameter: 34 mm
(In the spirit of the message of Pierre de Coubertin)
Producer: Kremnica mint (Slovak Republic)
Number of
pieces minted:
of which 1,700 proof
Demonetized: 7 300 in brilliant uncirculated quality (2002)
400 in brilliant uncirculated quality (2006)