The Piast Horseman [200]

The Piast Horseman

Subject: History of the Polish Cavalry
Face value: 200 pln
Alloy: 900/1000 Au
Diameter: 27 mm
Weight: 15.5 g
Finish: proof
Mintage: 10000 pcs
On the edge: smooth
Additional: no
Date of issue: 2006-11-22
Issue price: 1280 pln
In the centre, a stylised image of an armoured mounted sergeant with a bared sword. In the background, the sergeant's shadow. On the left, a semicircular inscription: JEŹDZIEC PIASTOWSKI (the Piast Horseman).

Designer: Ewa Tyc-Karpińska
On the left, an image of the Eagle established as the state Emblem of the Republic of Poland. On the right, an image of Szczerbiec (lit. notched sword), the sword that was traditionally used in the coronation ceremony of Polish kings. In the background, a motive from the sword's hilt. On the right, the notation of the year of issue: 2006. On the top right, a semicircular inscription: RZECZPOSPOLITA POLSKA (the Republic of Poland). At the bottom, an inscription: 200 ZŁ. Under the Eagle's left leg, the mint's mark: m/w.

Designer: Ewa Tyc-Karpińska

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The Piast Horseman

It is hard to determine the exact date when cavalry was first used in the Polish army. Already in the early days of Poland as a state mounted warriors were a significant part of its armed forces. An army of such warriors was indispensable for ruling on vast, forested territories. The horsemen of Polish rulers were famous even in distant lands: Ibrahim ibn Jacob, a Jewish merchant from the Arabic Spain, travelling throughout Europe at the beginning of the second half of the 10th century, already wrote with respect and admiration about the army of "the Northern king", referring to the Polish duke, Mieszko I. According to him, the duke of the Piast dynasty could rely on 3 thousand armoured warriors, of whom one hundred means as much as ten hundred other warriors. A part of ...

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