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The UK’s Royal Mint has issued 26 new 10p coins, each featuring a design that is intended to reflect things that are quintessentially British. The 26 designs are one for each letter of the English alphabet. Test your friends as to what they think should appear for each letter – then test them at the end to see how many they remember.

This started me thinking about what would appear on a series of Czech coins. What would be quintessentially Czech? In the table below, I’ve listed the 10p coin designs, plus some ideas for what could appear on a Czech coin. I’ll then update the table with your ideas. I’m open to changing my Czech suggestions.

ABC 10p description Czech equivalent
A

Angel of the North

Avia

Á Not applicable
B

Bond… James Bond

Becherovka

C

Cricket

Cimrman

Č Not applicable

Čočky

D

Double-Decker Bus

Dvořák

Ď Not applicable
E

English Breakfast

Ema Destinnová

É Not applicable No Czech words begin with this?
Ě Not applicable
F

Fish & Chips

Franz Kafka

G

Greenwich Mean Time

Golem

H

Houses of Parliament

Havel

Ch Not applicable

Chata

I

Ice Cream

Igráček

Í Not applicable
J

Jubilee

Ještěd

K

King Arthur

Karel IV

Krtek

L

Loch Ness

Libuše

M

Mackintosh

Masaryk

N

National Health Service

Národní divadlo

Ň Not applicable
O

Oak Tree

Orloj

P

Post Box

Pivo

Ó Not applicable
Q

Queuing

R

Robin

Robot

Ř Not applicable

Říp

S

Stonehenge

Semtex

Š Not applicable

Škoda Auto

Švejk

T

Teapot

Tatra

Ť Not applicable
U

Union Flag

URNA (Útvaru rychlého nasazení)

Ú Not applicable

Ústava

Ů Not applicable No Czech words begin with this
V

Villages

Vltava

W

World Wide Web

Werich

X

X – Marks the Spot

Y

Yeoman Warder

Ý Not applicable
Z

Zebra Crossing

Zetor

Ž Not applicable

Žižka

The letters Ě and Ů never occur in the beginning of any word.

The letters Q, W and X are used, I think, exclusively in foreign words.