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Toye, Kenning & Spencer Ltd, London, Bronze, 64.5mm diameter
A cased bronze medal issued by the Polish Government in Exile to commemorate Poland’s Millennium of Christianity in 1966. Beautiful cased example in the original makers box of Toye, Kenning & Spencer. Made in bronze, 64.5mm diameter, 100.4 grams.
These medals were issued as a response to Communist Polish People’s Republic celebrations which celebrated “1000 Years of Poland”, undermining the Christian character of the country and creating a new narrative.
Designed by Wiesław Antoni Pater, Project Director of Toy Kenning & Spencer Limited in London.
The front of the medal shows a crowned Polish State Eagle 1957 pattern (closed crown with a cross), around a inscription “Prezydent Rzeczypospolitej i Rząd” – “President of the Republic and Government”.
The reverse shows a Polish knight with a shield depicting an eagle kneeling in front of a cross – symbol of Christianity. Around the inscription “Tysiąclecie Polski Chrześcijańskiej 966-1966” – “Millennium of Christian Poland 966-1966”.
Medal described in the book “Medals and Badges” by Marian Brzezicki, London 1979, position 44.