500th anniversary of the first Slovenian printed text (2015)
In the middle of the 15th century, handwritten literature began to be replaced by the first printed texts called incunabula. There were no printing presses in the Slovenian lands at that time, but Jernej Pelušič and Jernej Budrio, two natives of Koper, worked at printing workshops in Venice, while the prominent printer Matevž Cerdonis of Slovenj Gradec worked in Padua.
The 16th century saw the printing of the first leaflets, the forerunners of newspapers, and they served to inform the public about political events, rulers and unusual things in the world of nature or human life.
The pan-Slovenian peasant uprising began in 1515. In Vienna a leaflet was printed with a poem in German describing the rebellious peasants in Carniola and the victory over them. It also bore a Slovenian slogan and the warcry of the Slovenian rebels: “Stara prauda” (old levies) and “Leukhup, leukhup, leukhup, leukhup woga gmaina” (peasants unite), which was probably part of the rebel song. These were the first words printed in Slovenian. A copy of the leaflet is kept at the National and University Library in Ljubljana.
Source: National Museum of Slovenia
On the 500th anniversary of the first Slovenian printed text, the Republic of Slovenia is issuing collector’s coins depicting a facsimile of the Slovenian text on the leaflet printed in 1515.
Coin Designer: Edi Berk, Ljubljana / Slovenia.
Minting: Mincovna Kremnica, š.p., Kremnica / Slovakia.
|Gold coin||Silver coin|
|Nominal value: EUR 100
Weight: 7 g
Diameter: 24 mm
Purty: Au 900/1000
Nominal value: EUR 30
|Put up for sale: 15 June 2015||Put up for sale: 15 June 2015|
|Collector bi-coloured coin|
Nominal value: EUR 3
Put up for sale: 15 June 2015
Collector coin in plastic capsules
The Bank of Slovenia has prepared 3€ bi-coloured collector coin (proof quality) issued to mark the 500th anniversary of the first Slovenian printed text:
- 3,000 coins in plastic capsules.
They are on sale from 15 June 2015.
The list of Banka Slovenije's numismatic products and their availability as well as their price can be found at the following web page.