Polish Legions [20]

The Centenary of the Formation of the Polish Legions

Face value: 20 pln
Dimensions: 147 x 67 mm
Mintage: 50000 pcs
Date of issue: 2014-08-05
Issue price: 60 pln
Designer: Andrzej Heidrich
Steel engraving matrix designer: Krystian Michalczuk
The back of the banknote depicts images of the Grand Cross (with Star) of the Order of Virtuti Militari awarded to Marshal Józef Piłsudski, as well as the badge of the First Brigade of the Polish Legions and the eagle badge of the Polish Legions.
The front of the banknote features the image of Marshal Józef Piłsudski.

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The Centenary of the Formation of the Polish Legions

The word legion (from Latin legio – draft) long ago has been permanently incorporated into the military vocabulary. Accordingly, it has also entered the Polish language, when following the partition of the Polish state among its neighbours at the end of the eighteenth century, Polish patriots repeatedly created military forces aiming at regaining the country’s independence. Those units attested to their readiness to fight for the motherland by adopting the proud name of a legion.

One of such formations were the Polish Legions, created on 16 August 1914 in the Austro-Hungarian monarchy. As internal relations in that state liberalised at the beginning of the 20th century, Polish independence activists led by Józef Piłsudski were able to ...

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