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    20 Heller 1991 - Pattern Strike

    Aluminum pattern strike of 11-gon
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    Internal pattern strike of the Kremnica Mint done within the testing of the minting of multi-sided coins. On 28 May 1991, preparations for the issue of a new series of Czechoslovak base metal coins began. The lower denominations were to be of non-magnetic metal. The most natural choice was aluminium, where the production costs of 20 Heller and 50 Heller coins did not exceed the nominal ones. Another rule under consideration, which the SBCS wanted to apply, was that the values with a 2 in them would be square around the perimeter. For the 20 Heller, an 11-gon was chosen. The Mint was tasked with trying and mastering the minting process, both with modern materials already in use abroad, but also the production of the multi-sided coins.


    On 22 November 1991, the State Mint in Kremnica submitted their final opinion to the SBCS, from which the following is quoted for the 20 Heller:

    "After conducting the tests, the State Mint states that from the point of view of minting it is able to ensure all the requirements of the SBČS" ....  "For 20 h, we suggest a minimum side count of 11, or a false (inner) hexagon while maintaining a round coin."

    On 29 November 1991, the SBCS decided to proceed with a round planchet with a false polygon (7-sided) for the 20h. This intention was also anchored in the final design of the set, which was ultimately not implemented due to the division of the federal republic into two separate states.

    This rare (R!) 20 Halier 1991 - pattern strike in UNC quality will be auctioned in Auction # 28 as lot No. 371.



    Jan Jelínek

    Director of the Prague branch

    Jan has been with us since the opening of the Prague branch and currently ensures its smooth operation.

    He always gives his clients his full attention, regardless of whether they come in with an ordinary small coin or a truly unique piece. He encountered numismatics at an early age, as his grandfather used to collect coins and stamps and Jan, while visiting, would observe him taking care of them. In this way, he gradually gained valuable advice and experience. It taught him the patience and modesty he still has today. He specialises in coins of the Austrian Empire and the popular First Republic, as well as contemporary modern production. He is in charge of compiling our annual Catalogue of Czechoslovak, Czech and Slovak Coins. He is no stranger to older Habsburg coins and medals.

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