Baptism of Poland [20]

1050th Anniversary of the Baptism of Poland

Face value: 20 pln
Dimensions: 144 x 77 mm
Mintage: 35000 pcs
Date of issue: 2016-04-12
Issue price: 75 pln
Designer: Krystian Michalczuk
Steel engraving matrix designer: Krystian Michalczuk / Przemysław Krajewski
Images of the Gniezno Cathedral and the chalice from Trzemeszno were modelled on photographs from the collection of Marek Chelminiak.
The image of Mieszko I and Dobrawa was modelled on photograph from the collection of the National Museum in Wroclaw.

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1050th Anniversary of the Baptism of Poland

It was 1050 years ago that a crucifix was erected on Polish soil, and Prince Mieszko I was baptized. The baptismal font of Mieszko I became the symbolic cradle of the emerging nation and a symbol building its identity. The consequences of this event were most dearly expressed by Cardinal Stefan Wyszyński, who spoke of a "baptized nation", the 'baptism of the nation" and thus the baptism of Poland. At that moment we were introduced to a new world, embodied in a new culture, new institutions, structures and legal provisions, permeating the political, economic, social and cultural life.

The person who had a substantial influence on Mieszko I during this process was undoubtedly his Bohemian wife Dobrawa. The prince learned the basic tenets of faith from her. We ...

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