90th Anniversary of the Battle of Warsaw
National Bank of Poland
finish proofand paint: different shades of white, red green, blue, brown and grey
Description of obverse and reverse
Obverse: On the right-hand side – an image of the Eagle established as the state emblem of the Republic of Poland. Below the Eagle – an inscription “20 ZŁ”. To the let of the Eagle – a perpendicular inscription “RZECZPOSPOLITA POLSKA 2010” (Republic ofPoland 2010). On the left-hand side, against the background of a stylised fragment of a map, – an image of the face of Józef Piłsudski in proile. At the bottom – an inscription: “15.VIII.1920 r”. he mint’s mark “M/W” under the Eagle’s let leg.
Reverse: On the let-hand side – an inscription “1920”. To the right of the inscription – a perpendicular inscription “90. ROCZNICA BITWY WARSZAWSKIEJ” (90th Anniversary of the Battle of Warsaw). On the right-hand side – a stylised image of a Polish oldier with a rile, against the background of a fragment of a ainting by Jerzy Kossak “Cud nad Wisłą” (“The Miracle on the istula”).
A brief annotation
The Battle of Warsaw of 1920 was not only a decisive armed clash of the Polish-Soviet war but also a key factor which determined the subsequent course of history of the Polish people. Poland’s victory over the Bolsheviks saved Europe from the risk of forced imposition of the unwanted socio-political system. The year 1920 saw a military confrontation of Soviet Russia and the Republic of Poland. The Polish state sought to fight the Bolsheviks and reduce the threat posed by Russia for
centuries. The intention of Russia’s Bolshevik authorities was to spread the communist revolution across Europe, which would be prompted by the intervention of Red Army. The defense of Warsaw is considered decisive for the defeat of the Red Army.