450 years of the Polish Post [200]

450th Anniversary of the Polish Post

Subject: no
Face value: 200 pln
Alloy: 900/1000 Au
Diameter: 27 mm
Weight: 15.5 g
Finish: proof
Mintage: 11000 pcs
On the edge: smooth
Additional: no
Date of issue: 2008-11-19
Issue price: 1410 pln
In the central part, a stylized image of a 19th century mounted post rider on horse crossing a bridge. Below, a stylized image of the coat of arms of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth in use during the reign of the king Sigismundus Augustus. On the left-hand side, a fragment of stylized image of the Wawel Cathedral and the Wawel Royal Castle in Cracow. On the right-hand side, a stylized image of St. Mark's Square in Venice and the outlines of fragments of two gondolas. At the bottom on the left-hand side, an inscription: 450/LAT (450th anniversary). Below the number ?450?, a stylized image of a postal trumpet. At the top, a circumscription: POCZTY POLSKIEJ (of the Polish Post).

Designer: Robert Kotowicz
On the right-hand side at the bottom, an image of the Eagle established as the state emblem of the Republic of Poland against a background of a fragment of post stamp. In the central part, a stylized post stamp with a fragment of the image of a watercolour picture depicting the change of horses at a postal stage. At the bottom on the left-hand side, an inscription: 200/ZŁ. On the left-hand side and at the top a circumscription: RZECZPOSPOLITA POLSKA. On the right-hand side vertically the notation of the year of issue: 2008. The Mint's mark, M/W, under the Eagle's left leg.

Designer: Robert Kotowicz

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The Polish Post

450 years ago - on 18 October 1558 - king Sigismundus II Augustus [Zygmunt August] issued an official legal act concerning Polish postal service. This day is acknowledged as the beginning of the post in Poland. The King issued the so-called 'A Privilege for Prosper Prowana in the Matter of the Postal Services', where he ordained: ' that we in pursuance of our own and my subjects' convenience, in order that both us, the King, and royal subjects can conveniently to Italy forward letters and manage their affairs there - we initiate a permanent postal route, known under the name of the post office, id est, relay post rider system covering the distance between Cracow and Venice, operating on an ongoing basis in all times and seasons of the year and on particular days'.

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