Bracteate of Mieszko [10]

Mieszko the Elder – bracteate

Subject: History of Polish Coin
Face value: 10 pln
Alloy: 925/1000 Ag
Diameter: 32 mm
Weight: 14.14 g
Finish: proof
Mintage: 20000 pcs
On the edge: smooth
Additional: no
Date of issue: 2014-09-10
Issue price: 142 pln
The reverse of the coin depicts an image of a denarius of Mieszko III the Old with an inscription written in Hebrew alphabet. On the right, along the rim – an inscription: BRAKTEAT MIESZKA III STAREGO (the name of the coin in Polish).

Designer: Dominika Karpińska-Kopiec
The obverse of the coin features an image of Mieszko III the Old taken from the drawing depicted on a paten (app. 1180) given by the King to the Cistercian monastery in Ląd, and an obverse of a contemporary 10 zloty coin.

Designer: Dominika Karpińska-Kopiec

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Bracteate of Mieszko III the Elder

Coin minting under the rule of Mieszko III the Elder (1173–1177 and 1181–1202) opens a new period in the history of Polish coinage – the period of bracteates or thin coins struck on one side only. They replaced the heavier, double-sided silver coins which had been in circulation until then.

At the same time, the number of coin types signifi cantly increased. More than 50 types are attributed to Mieszko III. Di erent presentations of the Prince, St. Adalbert and brutes, real and fantastic, appear on those coins. Also coins with no images at all, with inscriptions only, are known. It is also surprising that the inscriptions on the coins attributed to Mieszko III are not only in Latin but also in Hebrew. This phenomenon is explained by the ...

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