The Hussar [10]

The Hussar - 17th Century

Subject: History of the Polish Cavalry
Face value: 10 pln
Alloy: 925/1000 Ag
Dimensions: 22.4x32 mm
Weight: 14.14 g
Finish: proof
Mintage: 100000 pcs
On the edge: smooth
Additional: no
Date of issue: 2009-01-23
Issue price: 64 pln
A stylized image of the hussar of the 17th century, on horseback, in armour, with hussar's wings and leopard skin on the back, holding a lance with a pennant. On the right-hand side, a vertical inscription, HUSARZ ? XVII w.

Designer: Andrzej Nowakowski
At the top, on the right-hand side, an image of the Eagle established as the State Emblem of the Republic of Poland against the stylized hussar's wing; on the left side of the Eagle, an inscription, 10 ZŁ; below the Eagle, the notation of the year of issue, 2009. Underneath, on the left-hand side, stylized images of parts of the Hussar's gear: a pennant, zischägge helmet and a mace. At the bottom, an inscription, RZECZPOSPOLITA/ POLSKA. The Mint's mark, M/W, under the Eagle's left leg.

Designer: Andrzej Nowakowski

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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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