250th anniversary of the birth of Juraj Fándly

200 Sk Silver Coin

Juraj Fandly (21. 10. 1750 - 7. 3. 1811) - Roman-catholic priest, writer and educator, an enthusiastic national revivalist and propagator of the Slovak language. He belonged to the leading personalities of a group of enlighteners, who, headed by Anton Bernolak, created the ideological concept of Slovak national revival and undertook to codify the Slovak as a genuine written language.

As an enlightener, he was aware of the necessity to provide ordinary people with educational background. He considered preaching to be an important way of passing on knowledge to his flock. He summarized his ideas to this end in a voluminous work Casual and Feast-day Sermons. He saw as a prime task the publication of books for all layers of society:

Hard-working Domestic and Agricultural Master, On Fallow-ground and Bees, Folk-medicine Practitioner. These books not only conveyed simple recipes for becoming better farmers, but also the latest knowledge of contemporary scholars and of European cultural heritages of former generations. He explained and advocated the ecclesiastical-religious reforms of the Emperor Joseph II in his instructive and amusing work Confidential Debate between a Monk and a Devil.

Description of the coin

Obverse

Obverse:
The obverse of the coin has the coat of arms in its lover part, surrounded by foliage, accompanied by two bees. An open book is placed above the peaks of a mountain range, with a dove and symbolic rays of enlightenment. Above it, the name of the state SLOVENSKA REPUBLIKA is supplemented by a small ornament. The nominal value of the coin 200 Sk appears to the left of the ornament, and the date of issue 2000 is places to the right.

Reserve

Reverse:
The reverse of the coin bears a portrait of Juraj Fandly writing, together with his name. The letter R is decorated with a small ornament. To the left of the portrait are the dates of his birth and death 1750 - 1811.

Coin's data

Designer: akad. soch. Michal Gavula
Material: Ag 750, Cu 250
Weight: 20 g
Diameter: 34 mm
Edge: inscription: "NIE SILOU ANI MOCOU ALE MOJIM DUCHOM"
(Not by strength or power, but by my Spirit)
Producer: Kremnica mint (Slovak Republic)
Engraver: Dalibor Schmidt
Number of
pieces minted:
12,200
of which 1,600 proof
Demonetized: 700 in brilliant uncirculated quality (2006)