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  • 5 Złotych 1932-1934, Y# 21, Poland, Royal Mint
  • 5 Złotych 1932-1934, Y# 21, Poland
  • 5 Złotych 1932-1934, Y# 21, Poland, Warsaw Mint (arrow mintmark)

In the interwar period, there was a general opinion that the woman on the reverse was the Queen Jadwiga (the first female monarch of the Kingdom of Poland, reigning from 16 October 1384 until her death), since the artist Antoni Madeyski also made the sarcophagus of the Queen for the Wawel Cathedral.

According to the traditions of the artist's family, he immortalized in this image an idealized portrait of his niece Wanda Syrokomskaya-Petraźyckaya. According to others, the model was Janina Żółtowska (who visited Madeyski in the Roman workshop before the First World War), later the wife of Ludwik Hieronim Morstin. In 1923 he was a Polish military attaché in Rome, a friend of Antoni Madeyski.


Crowned eagle with wings open, country name above, date and value below.

Royal Mint has no mintmark. Mintmark of Warsaw Mint (tiny arrow from the Kościesza coat of arms, a Polish coat of arms used by szlachta families in the times of Kingdom of Poland) is in space between eagle's talons.

The coat of arms of Poland is a white, crowned eagle with a golden beak and talons, on a red background.



Radiant head of a woman (Polonia, a symbol of Poland, turned left). From the head come ears of grain around.


5 Złotych

Second Republic, Queen Jadwiga
Y# 21 Schön# 20
Material Silver
Fineness 0.750
Weight 11 g
Diameter 28 mm
Thickness 1.9 mm
Shape round
Alignment Medal
Royal Mint
Warsaw Mint (M/W)

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