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Welcome to our podcast episode on the history of Polish currency, a tale that spans centuries of economic and geopolitical transformations. Today, we delve into the fascinating evolution of Polish coins, tracing their journey from the Middle Ages to modern times.

Our story begins in the late 10th century when the Polish state first emerged with territories akin to today's Poland. The inception of Polish currency dates back to the reign of Bolesław I the Brave. During this era, the denar was the predominant coin, which evolved into various forms like brakteata and puła, mainly struck from copper.

As we moved into the 14th and 15th centuries, a period of significant change ensued with the introduction of higher value coins like kwartniki, szelągi, grosze, and półgrosze. The Prague grosz particularly stood out, being the main currency for a significant part of the 14th century. This period also saw the incidental issuance of a gold coin, the floren, by Władysław I the Elbow-high.

The Renaissance brought with it the great monetary reform by King Sigismund the Old between 1526 and 1530, marking the onset of modern Polish coinage. This reform introduced a diverse range of denominations, including denarii, ternarii, szelągi, półgrosze, grosze, trojaki, and szóstaki. Gold dukats were also added to the system, initiating a bimetallic era where the economy was based on both gold and silver.

The reign of Sigismund III Vasa heralded the peak of modern Polish coinage, with the establishment of royal mints in several cities and the minting of the highest denomination Polish coin at that time, the "studukatówka" in 1621. During this time, the issuance of thalers began on a larger scale under Stephen Báthory, making the trojaki a widely accepted international currency across Central and Eastern Europe.

However, the landscape of Polish coinage dramatically changed following the third partition of Poland in 1795. The subsequent period, known as "Poland under Partition," saw the coexistence of Polish coinage with that of the partitioning powers — Russia, Prussia, and Austria. Unique coins from regions like the Free City of Danzig and the Kingdom of Poland (under Russian control) continued to be minted.

The narrative takes a patriotic turn with Poland's resurgence post-World War I, where the Polish marka and later the złoty were introduced following a currency reform in 1924. The interwar period and the time under German control during World War II are especially notable for their distinctive coin issues.

Concluding our journey, we look at the post-World War II era, leading up to the contemporary period after the denomination in 1995. Today, Polish coins remain a symbol of the nation's rich historical tapestry and are a collector's delight.

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Join us next time as we explore more intriguing stories behind the currencies of the world. Thank you for tuning in to our exploration of the rich history of Polish coins.

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