Grosz of Casimir the Great [20]

Grosz of Casimir the Great

Subject: History of Polish Coin
Face value: 20 pln
Alloy: 925/1000 Ag
Diameter: 38.61 mm
Weight: 28.28 g
Finish: proof
Mintage: 20000 pcs
On the edge: smooth
Additional: no
Date of issue: 2015-09-15
Issue price: 175 pln
In the central part of the coin – reverse of the grosz of Casimir the Great (depicting a White Eagle waring a crown and bearing an inscription: +GROSSI CRACOVIENSES). In the background, left-hand – fragment of the Wawel Cathedral doors embellished with the royal monogram of the Casimir the Great (letter “K” under the crown). Right-hand, along the rim – name of the coin: GROSZ KAZIMIERZA WIELKIEGO (Grosz of Casimir the Great).

Designer: Dominika Karpińska-Kopiec
In the bottom part of the coin – image of a 20-zloty coin stylized for a contemporary Polish circulation coin. Right-hand – obverse of the grosz of Casimir the Great bearing an image of a royal crown and the inscription: +KAZIMIRVS PRIMVS/+DEI GRACIA REX POLONIE (Casimir the First, by the Grace of God, the King of Poland). In the background of the commemorative coin on a matt surface – effigy of Casimir the Great with a model of the Collegiate Basilica in Wiślica in his hands.

Designer: Dominika Karpińska-Kopiec

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Grosz of Casimir the Great

Casimir the Great (Kazimierz Wielki) (1333 -1370) introduced fundamental changes to the Polish minting system. In addition to a variety of denarii that were still minted, he also issued three larger silver coins, known as the grosz (groat), the kwartnik (half-grosz) and the ćwierćgrosz (quartergrosz, or the small kwartnik). Their chronology, place of origin and mutual relation are not entirely clear and remain the subject of debate. However, it is the largest and the most impressive of these coins – the Kraków grosz – that is generating the biggest interest. It was modelled on the Prague groschen and was created – as suggested recently by Borys Paszkiewicz – around the year 1360. It weighed 3.27 g and was the equivalent of 16 small denarii.

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