Bracteate of Leszek I [10]

Leszek I the White – 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: 2014-12-04
Issue price: 132 pln
The reverse of the coin depicts a bracteate of Leszek I the White against the Romanesque church of Saint Thomas Becket of Canterbury in Sulejów. Left-side, along the rim – inscription (name of the coin): BRAKTEAT LESZKA BIAŁEGO (bracteate of Leszek I the White).

Designer: Dominika Karpińska-Kopiec
In the central part of the coin – image of a10-zloty coin, stylized for contemporary Polish circulation coins. To the right – image of a seal attributed to Leszek I the White.

Designer: Dominika Karpińska-Kopiec

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Bracteate of Leszek the White

The end of the 12th century and the whole of 13th century was a period dominated by bracteates, i.e. thin, one-sided coins. At the same time, it was the darkest period in the history of the Polish minting, coinciding with the fragmentation of Poland. It was the time of simultaneous rule over the Polish territory by many princes, each of them minting their own coins. Most of these coins have no inscriptions at all, which makes identification of the issuers extremely difficult. Some aid in this area has been provided by the large coin hoard recently discovered in Cracow, which had been hidden in the first half of the 13th century. From this find comes the bractreate depicting a winged dragon. The coin was most likely struck under the rule of Prince Leszek the ...

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