COIN - CZECHOSLOVAKIA - STALIN
Date: A.D. 1949
Obverse: Portrait facing left - J V STALIN 21 XII 1949
Reverse: Czech lion with slovak shield - REPUBLIKA CESKOSLOVENSKA 50
Engraver: Otakar Spaniel
After World War II and after its restoration as a nation following Nazi occupation, Parliamentary elections saw that by 1949 Czechoslovakia was controlled by the Communist Party of Czechoslovakia and heavily influenced by the Soviet Union.
This coin is part of a series minted to commemorate the 70th Birthday of Joseph Stalin, and has a superb portrait of the Chairman of the Council of People's Commissars and General Secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party four years before his death in 1953.
The country soon split down ethnic lines into a federation of two distinct republics, the Czech Socialist Republic and Slovak Socialist Republic. Growing anti-communist sentiments saw the country move towards democracy In 1989 and through the Velvet Revolution the country became a democratic nation again . More recently the country formally split becoming the Czech Republic and Slovakia.