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Elevated movements of the Andalusian horse are cadenced, elegant and perfectly balanced. The Mint of Poland, inspired by the charm and nobility of these majestic animals, is proud to present the second commemorative coin from the series “Man’s Best Friends – Horses”.
Not only lovers of equestrian activities will be enchanted with its silver gleams! Vivid images of the hot-blooded Andalusian horses dynamically reflect the sheer beauty of these gentle animals. Thanks to best-quality digital printing the image of the palfrey depicted on the coin looks strikingly lifelike. The design of the reverse alludes to the mountainous landscape of Andalusia – the cradle of the Pure Spanish Horse.
Legend has it that the Carthusian horses, considered to be the purest strain of Andalusians, were bred by monks since the 15th century. The Spanish breeders were instructed by the military to crossbreed their pure-blooded mares with heavier drafts to produce a war horse able to carry a warrior in his heavy armor. A small group of breeders secretly disobeyed this order, and hid their precious animals in a monastery. Since then, Andalusians were protected and developed as a breed under the watchful eye of the Carthusian monks.
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