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European Nature Conservation Year

Silver 200 Sk coin

The Council of Europe declared 1995 to be the European Nature Conservation Year (ENCY 1995). This represents the continuation of a long tradition of spreading the idea of environmental care. Slovakia became a member of the Council of Europe on 30.6.1993. In the same year, the Slovak Committee for ENCY 1995 was formed. In August 1994, the government of the Slovak Republic approved the General social programme for ENCY 1995. In it, Slovakia commits itself to the ideals and message of this pan-European campaign, with the aim of reminding people of the importance of the protection of nature, and activating the whole society as well as the narrow circle of conservationist organizations. In the framework of the General social programme for ENCY 1995 for Slovakia, various projects were carried out – mapping, conservation and renewal of wetlands, conservation of ecologically important ecosystems, greening of towns, villages and school grounds, revitalization of river systems and many others.

Description of the coin


A woodpecker feeding its young is depicted in the lower part of the coin. Above it, is the coat of arms of the Slovak Republic and an inscription in an incomplete circle: “ROK OCHRANY EUROPSKEJ PRIRODY” (European Nature Conservation Year). The name of the state, “SLOVENSKA REPUBLIKA” and the year of issue are given on the lower margin of the coin.


Floral motifs – Calla palustris, Trapa natans and Vitis vinitira and faunal motifs – swallow, black stork and a white stork in the reeds are depicted progressively on the field of the coin. The nominal value is given on the lower margin.

Coin’s data

Designer: Miroslav Ronai
Material: Ag 750, Cu 250
Weight: 20 g
Diameter: 34 mm
Edge: inscription: “ENCY 1995”
Producer: Kremnica mint (Slovak Republic)
Number of
pieces minted:
of which 2,000 proof
Demonetized: 11 100 in brilliant uncirculated quality (2002)
300 in brilliant uncirculated quality (2006)