Coins of Poland since 1918

This was the Republic of Poland since WW-I

It's not quite set up yet as it still has the Monarchy coins

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Siege or Fire Thaler of Thorn 1629

(Gorny & Mosch Auctions, Munich, Germany, 2002)

This coin was one of the first things made when the mint reopened [ref?] and shows the City on fire with soldiers from the beseiging army across the river. The reverse bears the date Feb. 16, 1629.

I'd like to get one in better condition so as to see more details.

There is an extensive discussion of coins of the Polish Monarchy on "Coin Community"

10th Century to the reign of Stefan Batory (1576-86)
Sigismund III Wasa (1588) until the end of the Kingdom, 1795.
Russian Occupation up through modern Poland -- Oh no period missing!!!

Polish Thaler of Thorn 1629

Goldbergs Pre-Longbeach Auction 85,
May 31 - June 2, 2015 lot 4273
(photo by Glenn Onasi of Goldberg's)

Taler of Ladislawitz IV, 1634
(bought as AU but probably much nicer)
Karl Stephens, Fallbrook, CA, 1997-1998

Lad-4 actually was fat with a double chin. He made 2 kinds of thalers: a life-like realistic thaler & a fanatsy portrait. This one is the more common fantasy portrait.

Ladislawitz IV was King of Poland from 1632 - 1648. Poland was really ruled by a group of Magnates & the King had very little power. Thus Poland was unable to raise a strong central army to defend itself & was readily invaded by anyone who wanted to invade: except for the Turks. The country would become unified to fight off the Muslem Turks but that was about it.

John Casimir thaler (1649)
(Stacks auction)

I think this coin has some historical significance


Thaler of Stanley (Stanislaus II August Poniatowski) 1766, mint state
(H. Karolkiewicz: Triton IV auction)

This thaler type was only made in 1766.

Stanley was King from 1764 - 1795 & was not "August" at all. He was the lover of Catherine, Zarina of Russia & probably hoped to get something over there. However, it didn't work out & he ended up (I think) in prison for a while & then got sent to Poland as King. This thaler type was only made in 1766.

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