Millennium Polish State 966-1966 Collectible Plate Coat of Arms Decorative Eagle

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  • Item Category: Ceramics
  • Source: eBay
  • Sold Date: Dec 30, 2012
  • Channel: Auction House
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Vintage collectors plate with the Polish Coat of Arms stating "Tysiąclecie Panstwa Polskiego" meaning " Millennium of the Polish State". 12 and 3/4 inches wide

Here's the legend of the eagle: The White Eagle emblem originated when Poland's legendary founder Lech saw a white eagle's nest. When he looked at the bird, a ray of sunshine from the red setting sun fell on its wings, so they appeared tipped with gold, the rest of the eagle was pure white. He was delighted and decided to settle there and placed the eagle on his emblem. He also named the place Gniezdno (currently Gniezno) from the Polish word gniazdo (nest). This tale could be considered as an allusion to the legend of the city of Rome which was founded by Romulus and Remus. Auspicium is the ancient rite of observing birds of prey flights in order to get support of gods for future arranged actions. A less romantic version assumes that Poland adopted the emblem from the Roman Empire (like many other European countries). Here's the real history that can be documented: The image of the white eagle appeared for the first time on the coins made during the reing of Boleslaw I, initially as the Piast family's personal coat of arms. The stylized bird's appearance caused dispute between scholars who could
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