Mikołaj Rej [10]

Mikołaj Rej (1505-1569) - 500th Anniversary of the Birth

Subject: no
Face value: 10 pln
Alloy: 925/1000 Ag
Diameter: 32 mm
Weight: 14.14 g
Finish: proof
Mintage: 60000 pcs
On the edge: smooth
Additional: no
Date of issue: 2005-01-20
Issue price: 47 pln
Portrait of Mikołaj Rej in an oval. Inscription surrounding the portrait: 500. ROCZNICA URODZIN MIKOŁAJA REJA 1505-1569 (500th Anniversary of the Birth), separated by dots.

Designer: Ewa Olszewska-Borys
In an oval: an image of the Eagle, established as the state Emblem of the Republic of Poland and an inscription: 10, underneath the Eagle. Inscription in the rim: RZECZPOSPOLITA POLSKA, and notation of the year of issue: 2005, preceded and followed by a dot, and an inscription: ZŁOTYCH. The Mint's mark, m/w, under the Eagle's left leg.

Designer: Ewa Olszewska-Borys

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Mikołaj Rej

Contemporary Poles associate Mikołaj Rej most of all with the two famous verses:

May all the nations in the world know this:
Poles have a language of their own, and not that of geese.

(A niechaj to narodowie wżdy postronni znają,
Iż Polacy nie gęsi, iż swój język mają.)

This 16th century Polish writer, who battled for the place of the Polish language in literature, opposing the domination of Latin, is also known as the author of "A Short Conversation Between Three Persons, a Squire, a Bailiff and a Parson" ("Krótka rozprawa między trzema osobami, Panem, Wójtem a Plebanem"), which is a part of the school reading curriculum. Theatre audiences from the 50s and 60s of the 20th century are also familiar ...

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