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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.
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.
17. NOVEMBER SLOBODA DEMOKRACIA
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.
Slovak Republic in Slovak with two stars and linden leaf between.
★ SLOVENSKÁ REPUBLIKA ★