Slovak Coin Honors the Chasam Sofer


chasam-sofer-coinThe National Bank of Slovakia has issued a new coin which marks the 250th anniversary of birth of the Chasam Sofer, who lived from1762 to 1839.

The Chasam Sofer was one of Europe’s most noted gedolei Torah and founder of the Bratislava Yeshiva, which thrived until the outbreak of World War II.

Born in Frankfurt,  the Chasam Sofer  traveled to Boskovice, Moravia (now part of the Czech Republic) in 1782 and became recognized as one of the most brilliant Torah minds of his generation. He founded his yeshiva in Bratislava in 1806.

The new coin, a 10 euro silver issue, is the work of designer Pavel Károly and depicts a portrait of the Chasam Sofer inspired by an Oil painting by Ber Frank Halevi’s original drawing. The depiction is placed within a triangle, one half of a Magein Dovid, and a menorah is positioned below the portrait.  The Chasam Sofer’s year of birth and death, 1762 and 1839, is seen on either side of the menorah. The text “CHASAM SOFER” is placed around the upper left edge and the same – in Hebrew letters – is positioned on the right side.

The reverse design includes a scenic depiction of Bratislava during the time of the founding of the Chasam Sofer’s yeshiva within a triangle, in opposite position along with the coin’s face value of “10 EURO” seen on the left side and the year “2012” seen on the right. The text “SLOVENSKO” appears above the primary design along the top edge. The coin is struck at the Kremnica Mint in both proof and FDC or UNC quality. Both versions are minted in .900 fine silver with a weight of 18 grams and a diameter of 34 mm. Mintage figures for the proof version is authorized at 7,900 pieces and the FDC version has an authorized mintage of 5,800 pieces, according to a report by Coin Update.

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  1. although the article calls the city Bratislava which is Slovakian the jewish world referred to it by its German name Pressburg in Hungarian its Puzan