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Charles Bridge & Bohemian Lion 5 Korun Czech Republic Authentic Coin Money for Jewelry and Craft Making (Czech Lion) (Double-tailed Lion)

Charles Bridge & Bohemian Lion 5 Korun Czech Republic Authentic Coin Money for Jewelry and Craft Making (Czech Lion) (Double-tailed Lion)

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Charles Bridge & Bohemian Lion 5 Korun Czech Republic Authentic Coin Money for Jewelry and Craft Making (Czech Lion) (Double-tailed Lion)

Reverse: Charles Bridge, which crosses Vltava river in Prague, A Linden leaf, and denomination in a large font
Lettering: 5 Kč
Translation: 5 CZK

Obverse: Bohemian Lion (also called Czech Lion), state name 'ČESKÁ REPUBLIKA', and year of issue and mintmark below
Translation: Czech Republic

Issuer Czech Republic
Period Republic (1993-date)
Type Standard circulation coin
Years 1993-2021
Value 5 Korun
5 CZK = USD 0.23
Currency Koruna (1993-date)
Composition Nickel plated steel
Weight 4.80 g
Diameter 23.00 mm
Thickness 1.85 mm
Shape Round
Technique Milled
Orientation Medal alignment ↑↑
Number N# 2149
References KM# 8, Schön# 177

Charles Bridge is a medieval stone arch bridge that crosses the Vltava river in Prague, Czech Republic. Its construction started in 1357 under the auspices of King Charles IV, and finished in the early 15th century. The bridge replaced the old Judith Bridge built 1158–1172 that had been badly damaged by a flood in 1342. This new bridge was originally called Stone Bridge (Kamenný most) or Prague Bridge (Pražský most), but has been referred to as "Charles Bridge" since 1870.

As the only means of crossing the river Vltava until 1841, Charles Bridge was the most important connection between Prague Castle and the city's Old Town and adjacent areas. This land connection made Prague important as a trade route between Eastern and Western Europe.

A UNESCO World Heritage site, the bridge is 516 metres (1,693 ft) long and nearly 10 metres (33 ft) wide. Following the example of the Stone Bridge in Regensburg, it was built as a bow bridge with 16 arches shielded by ice guards. It is protected by three bridge towers, two on the Lesser Quarter side (including the Malá Strana Bridge Tower) and one on the Old Town side, the Old Town Bridge Tower. The bridge is decorated by a continuous alley of 30 statues and statuaries, most of them baroque-style, originally erected around 1700, but now all have been replaced by replicas.

The bridge is currently undergoing a twenty-year process of structural inspections, restoration, and repairs. The process started in late 2019, and is expected to cost 45–60 million CZK (USD 1.9–2.6 million).


On the Bohemian Lion (or Czech Lion):

The particular difference to the other lions in heraldry is its double-tailed shape, which is otherwise not common. In some coats of arms it is turned the other way around, that is, it is heraldically left facing. He is also known as the masked lion from the coat of arms of Ústí nad Labem .

The first state symbol of rule for Bohemia was not the lion, but the flame eagle of the Přemyslids , later called the Wenceslas eagle . It can already be found on coins from the time of Prince Bedřich in the 12th century. The Dalimil Chronicle connects the heraldic lion with the award of the royal title to Vladislav in 1156. However, the lion is only reliably documented on the seal of the Moravian margrave Vladislav Heinrich in 1213.

Seal of Ottokar II Přemysl
The twostail is documented from 1248. With the rise of Premysl Otakar II. King, the emblem established as a symbol of the kingdom. The lion, which began in the coats of arms of various rulers, spread in many coats of arms with the expansion of the Bohemian sphere of influence. Examples are Görlitz , Löbau , Plech and Spremberg . Löbau can already prove the lion on a seal from 1254. Also in the coat of arms hall of the Wenzelschloss in Lauf an der Pegnitz there is the Bohemian coat of arms, which demonstrates the former size of the domain.

The Bohemian lion outlived the Přemyslid dynasty and remained the coat of arms of the Kingdom of Bohemia until the end of 1918. It was included in the coat of arms of Czechoslovakia. It occupies an appropriate place in the Czech national coat of arms , as it is one of the national symbols , like the Moravian eagle .

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