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20 January 2020

First Minting of Joachimsthaler Coin 500th Anniversary

Czech Republic: Joachimsthaler 500th Anniversary, 20 January 2020. 600dpi scan from personal collection.

Catalogue number: 1057
Type of stamp: Commemorative postage stamp
Date of issue: 20.01.2020
Face value/Price: 19,00 CZK
Print sheets: 4 stamps
Size (mm): 40 x 50 mm
Graphic designer: Karel Zeman

Annotation
Face value: A stamp identified with the letter A corresponding to the price of Ordinary Letter – Standard up to 50 g in domestic service (current price according to the Price List of Basic Postal Services)

Theme
The upper part of the stamp depicts details of the thalers minted at Joachimsthal. The lower part refers to the minting process.

The name thaler was used as an abbreviation of Joachimsthaler, a silver coin type minted in Joachimsthal in 1519–1528. The area in the Krušné hory mountains (also known as Ore Mountains in English or Erzgebirge in German) containing silver mines belonged to the Schlicks, one of the richest noble families in Bohemia. The beginning of silver mining dates back to around 1516. The high yields led the Schlicks to apply for a mining licence, officially granted on 9 January 1520 by decision of the Parliament of the Kingdom of Bohemia. Joachimsthal became a mining town where the Joachimsthal Royal Mint was opened to produce Schlick’s coinage – two-thalers, thalers, and part-thalers (halves and quarters). Joachimsthalers later gave their name to other coins and currencies, such as tolar and dollar.

The gutter margin of the arranged print sheet contains the period coat of arms of Joachimsthahl and is lined with a relief design referring to the thalers.

Method of printing
multicoloured offset

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