The Hussar [2]

The Hussar - 17th Century

Subject: History of the Polish Cavalry
Face value: 2 pln
Alloy: (CuAl5Zn5Sn1) NG
Diameter: 27 mm
Weight: 8.15 g
Finish: standard
Mintage: 1400000 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: 2009-01-21
Issue price: 2 pln
A stylized image of the hussar of the 17th century, on horseback, in armour, with the hussar's wing and leopard skin on the back, carrying a lance with a pennant. On the left-hand side, a semicircular inscription, HUSARZ ? XVII w.

Designer: Andrzej Nowakowski
An image of the Eagle established as the State Emblem of the Republic of Poland; on the sides of the Eagle the notation of the year of issue, 20-09; below the Eagle an inscription, ZŁ 2 ZŁ, in the rim an inscription, RZECZPOSPOLITA POLSKA, preceded and followed by six pearls. The Mint's mark, M/W, under the Eagle's left leg.

Designer: Ewa Tyc-Karpińska

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The Hussar - 17th Century

'Usars are the most beautiful cavalry in Europe, in terms of men, splendid horses, brilliance of dress and bravery of horses...' - François-Paulin Dalairac wrote about Polish hussars in his book (1699) on the reign of Polish King, John III Sobieski. The origin of the Polish hussars (winged cavalrymen) dates back to the turn of the 15th and 16th centuries. The first hussars were Serbs and Hungarians who came to Poland to fight against the Turks. Hired as mercenaries, they formed cavalry units and celebrated their first victory as early as in 1506 when they defeated the considerable Tartar forces in the battle of Kletsk.

Initially, hussars wore no armours, and their bodies were only protected by large wing-shaped wooden shields and by top hat-shaped headgear. ...

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