The Treasury of Niue have launched a new series of coins which highlight the changing borders of the Nation of Poland from its earliest inception to the current geo-political borders presently recognized internationally. The first outlines of a Polish state were developing under the reign of Boleslaw Chrobry (967 – 1025) known as Bolesław I, the Great.
Boleslaw was a Duke of Poland from 992 to 1025 and the first King of Poland from the 18th April 1025 until his death. He also ruled as Boleslav IV, Duke of Bohemia from 1002 to 1003. Bolesław I proved to be a remarkable politician, strategist, and statesman. He transitioned Poland into a country that was not only comparable to more established western monarchies, but also elevated it into a state with power and considerable influence. Bolesław I conducted successful military campaigns in the west, south and east. He consolidated the Polish lands and conquered territories outside of the modern borders of Poland such as prsent-day Slovakia with further excursions into the former states of Moravia, Ruthenia, Meissen and Lusatia as well as Bohemia. He was considered a powerful mediator in Central European affairs.
The first coin, which is designed by the artist Beata Kulesza-Damaziak and struck by the Mint of Poland in Warsaw on behalf of the Treasury of Niue – shows the extent of the borders under the reign of King Boleslaw dating from 992 to 1025 with the actual shape of the coin taking on those designated borders. Also, as part of the reverse motif, an image of a coronation sword is included which is decorated with gold highlights and a color application of the current Polish national coat of arms. On the either sides of the sword are the dates of reign of Boleslaw Chrobry “992 1025”. Above the handle of the sword is the text of the names of two capital castle-towns and the town of residence of the Piast dynasty “KRUSZWICA POZNAŃ and GNIEZNO” in three lines.
The obverse side of this unusually shaped coin includes a profile effigy of H. M. Queen Elizabeth II which is positioned to the left half. To the portrait’s right, is the coin’s denomination of “1 DOLLAR” and the year of issue “2014” just below the coin’s face value. Below the portrait of the Queen is the text “ELIZABETH II” and “NIUE ISLAND” in two lines. The Mint of Poland’s own mintmark is placed to the far left side of the portrait.
|1 Dollar||.999 silver||31.1 grams||40 / 40 mm.||proof||1499 pieces|
The coin is housed in a specially designed Perspex case which is enclosed in a custom presentation box along with certificate of authenticity. For more information on this and other coins offered by the Mint of Poland, please visit their website at: http://www.mennica.com.pl/en/products-and-services/mint-products/coins-of-other-issuers/product/zobacz/poland-of-boleslaw-chrobry-1-dollar-series-historical-maps-of-poland.html or e-mail the sales department directly at: who will advise about the nearest distributor or advise about retail sales.