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150th Anniversary of the Establishment of the Gymnastic Society Sokół
10 Złotych

2017

Edition Metal Stamp Diameter Weight Mintage BU Unc XF VF FF
2017 MW Ag 925 Proof ↑↑ ø 32 mm 14.14 g 20 000 36.8 - - - -
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Obverse 150th Anniversary of the Establishment of the Gymnastic Society Sokół 10 Złotych 2017
Reverse 150th Anniversary of the Establishment of the Gymnastic Society Sokół 10 Złotych 2017
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Coin
Issuer Narodowy Bank Polski
Coin type Collector's
Shape Circle
Denomination & currency 10 Złotych
10.00 PLN
Design Robert Kotowicz
Edition details
Year of the edition 2017
Year on Coin 2017
Edition date 2017-01-27
Edition price 110,-
Mint Mennica Polska SA (Warszawa)
Privy mark MW
Mintage 20 000
Physical characteristics
Stamp Proof
Medal alignment
Metal Silver (Ag 925)
Diameter ø 32 mm
Weight 14.14 g
Border Plain
Rim Upset
Additional decorations -
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Sample graph - Fryderyk Chopin, 50 Złotych, 1972
Description
The Gymnastic Society Sokół (Falcon) is the oldest sports and educational organization in Poland. It has continued to carry on its activities since 7 February 1867, when the first Polish “nest” of Sokół was registered in Lvov. From the mid-1880s further nests of Sokół were formed, spreading over the area of all the three partitions of Poland. The organization’s symbol is a falcon in flight holding dumbbells in its claws. Sokół is also associated with the rise of sports in Polish lands, including the first historical football match, played on 14 July 1894 in Lvov. From the start, however, the popularization of physical fitness was coupled with engagement in patriotic and pro-independence activity. This was manifested by the widespread participation of Sokół scouts in the Greater Poland Uprising and Silesian Uprisings, in which they constituted a substantial part of the command. The Sokół movement also played a significant part in the establishment of Polish Scouting, which obtained personnel, organizational and financial support from the Society. Without the assistance of Sokół , it would be hard to imagine the organization of General Haller’s Blue Army, recognized as the “only independent, allied and co-belligerent Polish army”, owing to which Poland was among the winners of the WWI. Many outstanding Poles, including Ignacy Jan Paderewski, Gen. Józef Haller, Wojciech Korfanty, Roman Dmowski and Karol Wojtyła, were associated with Sokół . After the outbreak of WWII, the organization was being ruthlessly destroyed (by both Germans and Soviets) numerous activists were killed because of their membership in the organization. Following the war, the communist authorities repeatedly refused to register the society. It became possible only after the collapse of the communist regime in 1989. In 1945-1988, the organization maintained its activity abroad. Today, the society has more than 70 nests in Poland and abroad, engaged in wide-ranging sports, cultural and patriotic activities. Sokół actively participates in public life by cooperating with many other organizations as well as state and local authorities. Damian Małecki
Obverse
The obverse of the silver coin features members of the Gymnastic Society Sokół during exercises, doing a so-called human pyramid.
Reverse
The reverse of the coin commemorating the 150th anniversary of the establishment of the Polish Sokół movement features in its central part an image of a pre-war activist of the Gymnastic Society Sokół in Poland wearing a historical overcoat called “chimere”. It also features a falcon in flight carrying dumbbells, which is the most recognizable symbol of the organization, and an inscription commemorating this event.
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