Each geocoin begins its journey on the table of a designer, who is tasked with creating the initial idea and mission of the coin. For this phase, the idea was clear – thanks to the ŠKODA brand’s rich history and a whole line of exceptional models, there was plenty from which to choose. The coins were given their actual appearance by designer Slávek Hoblík, who has years of experience in creating geocoins. “For each model of car, a 3D design was created and the shape of the future coins was born, although still only in a virtual state,” explains Hoblík.
The second step is the actual production of the coins. Historical ŠKODA coins are produced from refined material using minting technology. Geocoins are minted by means of hardened steel dies on a high-performance press, which enables the elaborate details of the historical vehicles to be beautifully visible.
Before the geocoin is sent out into the world, the finishing and most important touches need to be made. Designer Slávek Hoblík tells us more: “There are many finishing touches, but one of the most important is to add a patina, which accentuates the relief. Adding coloured enamels and engraving the tracking number are also important for the overall impression and particularly for the coin’s functionality. Coloured enamels are applied by hand and are fired in a kiln.” Thus, a perfect travelling coin with a detailed relief is born.