Moric Benovsky - 250th Anniversary of the Birth

Silver 200 Sk coin

Count Moric Benovsky (20.9.1746 Vrbove - 23.5.1786, Madagascar), a typical representative of the period of the Enlightenment, the development of transport and trade, exploration of unknown regions, French colonel, Ruler of Madagascar, and the first Slovak author of a best-seller, was involved in the history of various countries. After being captured while fighting for the independence of Poland, he was deported to Kamchatka, where he organized his escape. His voyage to Macao was the first known voyage from the north-east to the south-east shores of Asia. The King of France entrusted him with an expedition to Madagascar, where he unified part of the island, and the local tribes granted him the title of "King of Kings". Upon his return, he attempted to build a fleet of ships for overseas trade. After this failed, he became a general in the American army, and organized another expedition to Madagascar, where he fell in battle with the French in 1786. His travel memoirs were published in London in 1790, and have so far appeared in at least 20 editions in more than ten languages.

Description of the coin

Obverse

Obverse:
An old sailing ship on stormy seas is depicted in the middle of the coin. To the left, is the coat of arms of the Slovak Republic. The name of the state "SLOVENSKA REPUBLIKA" and the year of issue are placed on the lower margin of the coin.

Reserve

Reverse:
A portrait of Moric Benovsky is placed in the centre of the coin. His name is placed on the upper margin. The nominal value of the coin, and the years of his birth and death are placed along the lower margin.

Coin's data

Designer: Miroslav Ronai
Material: Ag 750, Cu 250
Weight: 20 g
Diameter: 34 mm
Edge: inscription: "IN ADVERSIS ET PROSPERIS"
Producer: Kremnica mint (Slovak Republic)
Number of
pieces minted:
23,400
of which 2,000 proof
Demonetized: 5 050 in brilliant uncirculated quality (2002)