• 2 Euro 2009, KM# 107, Slovakia, 20th Anniversary of the Start of the Velvet Revolution
  • 2 Euro 2009, KM# 107, Slovakia, 20th Anniversary of the Start of the Velvet Revolution
Description

The Velvet Revolution or Gentle Revolution was a non-violent transition of power in what was then Czechoslovakia. The period of upheaval and transition took place from November 17 to December 29, 1989. Popular demonstrations against the one-party government of the Communist Party of Czechoslovakia combined students and older dissidents. The end result was the end of 41 years of one-party rule in Czechoslovakia, and the subsequent dismantling of the planned economy and conversion to a parliamentary republic.

After the dissolution of Czechoslovakia in 1993, Slovakia used the term Gentle Revolution, the term that Slovaks used for the revolution from the beginning. The Czech Republic continues to refer to the event as the Velvet Revolution.

Obverse

Depicts a stylised bell with keys serving as clappers. It recalls the demonstration on 17 November 1989 when protesters jangled their keys to symbolise the unlocking of doors, an event which marked the beginning of the ‘Velvet Revolution’ in Czechoslovakia, as it then was. Under the bell are the artist’s mark and the mint mark of the Kremnica Mint, comprising the letters "MK" placed between two dies. Encircling the bell are the legend ‘17. NOVEMBER FREEDOM – DEMOCRACY’, the dates ‘1989-2009’ and the name of the issuing country, Slovakia. The coin’s outer ring depicts the 12 stars of the European Union.

Designer: Pavel Károly

17. NOVEMBER SLOBODA DEMOKRACIA
1989-2009
MK
SLOVENSKO

Reverse

A geographical map of Western Europe spans the outer ring and inner core on the right side of the coin. The inscription 2 EURO is superimposed over the map of Europe, with the numeral “2” located in an open field representing the eastern Atlantic Ocean.

12 stars are located on the right side of the outer ring, with six stars atop the map of Europe and six stars below it; six vertical stripes cut across the inner core of the coin, visually connecting the upper and lower star segments.

Luc Luycx, a designer at the Royal Belgian Mint, designed the Euro’s common reverse; his initials, LL, are seen on the right side of the design, just under the “O” in “EURO.”

2 EURO
LL

Edge

Slovak Republic in Slovak with two stars and linden leaf between.

★ SLOVENSKÁ REPUBLIKA ★

2 Euro

20th Anniversary of the Start of the Velvet Revolution

KM# 107 Schön# 102
Characteristics
Type Commemorative Issue (Circulating)
Material Bi-Metallic
Ring Cupronickel
Center Nickel Brass
Weight 8.5 g
Diameter 25.75 mm
Thickness 2.2 mm
Shape round
Alignment Medal
Mint
Kremnica Mint (MK)

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