Mikołaj Rej [200]

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

Subject: no
Face value: 200 pln
Alloy: 900/1000 Au
Diameter: 27 mm
Weight: 15.5 g
Finish: proof
Mintage: 3600 pcs
On the edge: smooth
Additional: no
Date of issue: 2005-01-20
Issue price: 940 pln
Bust of Mikołaj Rej with fragments of architecture in the background. Circumscription: 1505 on the left, 1569 on the right. Inscription: 500. ROCZNICA/ URODZIN/ MIKOŁAJA/REJA underneath the bust.

Designer: Ewa Olszewska-Borys
Stylised goose quill pen located diagonally in the centre. Image of the Eagle, established as the state Emblem of the Republic of Poland, and the circumscription, RZECZPOSPOLITA POLSKA and notation of the year of issue, 2005, above and left. Inscription, 200/ ZŁ, on the right-hand side. Facsimile of Mikołaj Rej's signature, below. 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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