World bullion coins are often dedicated to the national symbols, therefore, the “Czech Lion”, which is the first mintage of its kind intended for the Czech market, is not an exception. The weight of this beautifully designed gold coin of the Czech Mint is one half ounce.
The legend of Bruncvík, a mythical prince who traveled to Africa, where he helped the animal king to fight the dragon, belongs to the most famous stories of how an exotic lion became a symbol of the Czech land. Old chroniclers offer a more plausible explanation. According to them, Emperor Frederick Barbarossa rewarded Prince Vladislaus II. with a royal crown and a new heraldic animal, which replaced the previous eagle in 1158. The lion represented the knight’s virtues, strength and courage, which were demonstrated by Vladislaus during the conquest of Milan in the imperial service.
The reverse side is dominated by the Czech lion in an untraditionally realistic processing with the St. Wenceslas Crown on its head. The obverse side bears an eagle on a shield, which is a synthesis of St. Wenceslas, Moravian and Silesian predators.
The author of the relief is traditionally the medal maker Asamat Baltaev, DiS. Since the Czech Mint’s coins are licensed by a foreign issuer, the island of Niue, their obverse sides bear its necessary attributes – the name and portrait of Queen Elizabeth II, the year of issue 2021 and the nominal value of 25 DOLLARS (NZD).