Discovery of the Mines “Krzemionki” [50]

100thAnniversary of the Discovery of the Complex of Prehistoric Striped Flint Mines “Krzemionki”

Subject: no
Face value: 50 pln
Alloy: 999/1000 Ag
Diameter: 45 mm
Weight: 62.2 g
Finish: standard
Mintage: 7000 pcs
On the edge: smooth
Additional: lens-shaped, high relief, striped flint, oxidized
Date of issue: 2022-07-12
Issue price: 950 pln
The reverse of the coin issued to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the discovery of the mines features an image of a prehistoric miner at work and an elliptical insert made of striped flint.

Designer: Urszula Walerzak
The obverse of the coin shows the characteristic symbol of the Great Mother. This is a charcoal drawing made on the surface of a limestone pillar of one of the mines in Krzemionki. It probably presents a figure associated with the beliefs and mythology of the Neolithic miners. It is one of several examples of prehistoric rock art in contemporary Poland. It is currently incorporated into the logotype of the Archaeological Museum and the “Krzemionki” Reserve (a branch of the Historical and Archaeological Museum in Ostrowiec Świętokrzyski).

Designer: Urszula Walerzak

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100th Anniversary of the Discovery of the Complex of Prehistoric Striped Flint Mines “Krzemionki”

One hundred years ago, on 19 July 1922, a young geologist Jan Samsonowicz was exploring the fields of Krzemionki village in the former Opatów district of the Kieleckie voivodship. Among the fields and meadows, he came across a large concentration of unusual, funnel-shaped cavities. They turned out to be prehistoric mining shafts. Samsonowicz managed to descend into several prehistoric pits, where he found the original mining tools made of flint and antlers. Having carried out the necessary inspections and measurements, he realised that he was dealing with a unique, unprecedented discovery. He found extensive prehistoric striped flint mines which had operated there during the Neolithic and Early Bronze Age (approx. 3900-1600 BC).

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