Piast Eagle

A form (negative) showing an eagle on a relief coat of arms. It is 61.5 cm high and 61.5 cm wide.

The oldest image of the Polish eagle, at that time the prince’s symbol, appears on the occasional denarius of Bolesław Chrobry from around 1000. However, there are theories that the coin may represent another bird, for e.g. a peacock. The first one to mention the importance of the eagle in the fight was Wincenty Kadłubek in the “Polish Chronicle” describing the battle fought in 1180 by Kazimierz Sprawiedliwy near Brześć.

The White Eagle was actually Przemysław II’s personal symbol that became the emblem of the Kingdom of Poland after the king’s coronation in 1295. The majestic seal of Przemysław II is decorated with the image of the crowned White Eagle and the inscription “God has restored the victorious signs to Poles”. This way, the Piast White Eagle became the coat of arms of the Kingdom of Poland, adopted successively by all Polish rulers.