200th anniversary of the birth of Pavol Jozef Šafárik

Silver 200 Sk coin

Pavol Jozef Safarik (13.5.1795 Kobeliarov - 26.5.1861 Prague), writer, historian, linguist and ethnographer, was a leading figure in Slovak and Czech academic life during the period of the national revival. He worked as director and professor at the Serbian school in Novi Sad, and later as an editor in Prague. From 1848, he was the director of the University library and professor emeritus of Slavonic philology at the Prague University. As a result of intensive study and research on old Slavonic culture and the history of Slavonic nations he wrote the extensive work: "History of the Slavonic Language and the Literature of its Dialects", together with the works "On the Origin of the Slavs"; "Slavonic Antiquities", and "Slavonic Ethnography".

Description of the coin

Obverse

Obverse:
The coat of arms of the Slovak Republic is placed in the middle of the coin. The inscription "SLOVENSKA REPUBLIKA forms a square around it. The year of issue is placed in the lower part.

Reserve

Reverse:
A portrait of Pavol Jozef Safarik occupies the centre of the coin. His name and the nominal value of the coin form a square around the portrait. The dates of the birth and death of P.J. Safarik are given to the left of the portrait.

Coin's data

Designer: Patrik Kovacovsky
Material: Ag 750, Cu 250
Weight: 20 g
Diameter: 34 mm
Edge: inscription: "ZAKLADATEL VEDECKEJ SLAVISTIKY"
(Founder of Academic Slavonic Studies)
Producer: Kremnica mint (Slovak Republic)
Number of
pieces minted:
26,500
of which 1,500 proof
Demonetized: 8 700 in brilliant uncirculated quality (2002)
600 in brilliant uncirculated quality (2006)