THE SILESIAN LARGE MODULE BRACTEATE WITH A DRAGON FOUND IN WROCLAW (Szeroki brakteat slaski ze smokiem znaleziony we Wroclawiu)
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In a 2005 during the refurbishing of Szewska street in the historical centre of Wroclaw (Breslau) a coin was found which belongs to the numerous group of Silesia large module bracteates. It presents dragon heading for the left, its tail loomed. A pair of ears and three legs to be seen upon it alongside a pearl rim on the coin's outer collar. Weight 0,48 g (after cleaning), 25.3, remarkable damage. Actually a similar coin was known to F. Friedensburg (Die schlesischen Munzen des Mittelalters, Breslau 1931, No. 697 ), yet it was a unique specimen, much worse legible than the one in question. Thus is not absolutely certain whether it was analogous whatsoever. Judging by general features: weight, diameter, ornamentation, and the complex character of the type, the specimen found in Szewska Street does not seem to be particularly early, or for sure does not belong to late ones, therefore it might be roughly dated approx. 1260 - approx.1280. Unfortunately it is not possible to point out the Lower Silesian duchy that issued the coin, as the mere fact of finding it in Wroclaw is not enough to regard it as a local one. Thus apart from the Wroclaw Duchy, those of Glogow [Glogau] and Legnica (Liegnitz) might be also taken into consideration. The symbols applied upon broad bracteates are remarkably richer than on the seals of Lower Silesian rulers known to us, that is the reason why, as it is, in many a case, just like the one in question, they have not lead to the issuer to be identified and localised.
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