Polish horse [20]

Polish horse (Equus caballus gmelini)

Subject: Animals of the World
Face value: 20 pln
Alloy: 925/1000 Ag
Diameter: 38.61 mm
Weight: 28.28 g
Finish: proof
Mintage: 45000 pcs
On the edge: smooth
Additional: no
Date of issue: 2014-02-24
Issue price: 140 pln
In the centre, stylised images of two Polish horses. On the left, stylised image of a tree-top. Above, a semi-circular inscription: Equus caballus gmelini/KONIK POLSKI. Underneath, the inscription: tarpan.

Designer: Tadeusz Tchórzewski
An image of the Eagle established as the state emblem of the Republic of Poland. Below the Eagle, the notation of the year of issue: 2014. Underneath, the inscription: ZŁ 20 ZŁ. Below, left and right, stylised images of the state flag of the Republic of Poland. Above, a semi-circular inscription: RZECZPOSPOLITA POLSKA. The Mint’s mark, MW, below the Eagle and on the right-hand side.

Designer: Ewa Tyc-Karpińska

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Polish konik

Polish konik is sometimes also called the tarpan, since among all contemporary breeds of horses this one is the most closely related to wild tarpans, which were quite frequent in Polish forests in the Middle Ages. The latter species became gradually extirpated, some horses were captured and cross-bred with other breeds. In the late 18th century, last tarpans were placed in the menagerie at the estate of Zamojski family. The success of the breeding of Polish konik is largely attributed to Professor Tadeusz Vetulani, who was also the author of the name for the breed. Following his initiative, “The Reserve of Polish Konik of the Type of Forest Tarpan” was established at Białowieża in 1936. The breed was obtained by the regressive breeding of horses with dominant ...

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