The Piast Horseman [2]

The Piast Horseman

Subject: History of the Polish Cavalry
Face value: 2 pln
Alloy: (CuAl5Zn5Sn1) NG
Diameter: 27 mm
Weight: 8.15 g
Finish: standard
Mintage: 1000000 pcs
On the edge: an inscription, NBP, repeated eight times, every second one inverted by 180 degrees, separated by stars
Additional: no
Date of issue: 2006-11-22
Issue price: 2 pln
In the centre, a stylised image of an armoured mounted sergeant armed with a spear, a sword and a shield. A circumscription: JEŹDZIEC PIASTOWSKI (the Piast Horseman).

Designer: Ewa Tyc-Karpińska
An image of the Eagle established as the State Emblem of the Republic of Poland. At the sides of the Eagle, the notation of the year of issue, 20-06. Below the Eagle an inscription, ZŁ 2 ZŁ, an inscription in the rim, RZECZPOSPOLITA POLSKA (the Republic of Poland), preceded and followed by six pearls. The Mint's mark under the Eagle's left leg, 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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