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Poland’s Copernicus – The Revolutionary of Revolutions

Poland 1000 Zloty Banknote, Year 1982 – Face and Back
Poland 1000 Zloty Banknote front, featuring portrait of Nikolai Kopernik
detail from front of 1000 zloty banknote, Poland, Nikolai Kopernik

Copernicus wrote the book when he was around 40 years old. But because he anticipated that his ideas would be controversial, he delayed publication until just before his passing about 30 years later.

He didn’t seek to be controversial but merely sought a more elegant explanation for the truth of the observed universe. He sought Beauty. He built upon the ideas of predecessors, many of them out of the mainstream of contemporary thought.

His book is considered now to mark the beginning of the Scientific Revolution which has completely transformed our understanding of the world.

Poland 1000 Zloty Banknote back, featuring revolution of the planets
detail showing the insight of Copernicus: Revolutions of Planets around Sun, back side of 1000 zloty banknote, Poland

The Sun at center surrounded by 6 circles for the orbits of the 6 planets. (Copernicus assumed orbits were circular as did his predecessors. Later, the true ellipse shape of orbits was uncovered.)

Our Earth is shown in the third orbit at its 4 prime astronomical locations, Spring equinox, Summer solstice, Autumn equinox and Winter Solstice.

closeup detail of Poland 1000 Zloty Banknote, year 1982  back, featuring positions of Mercury and Venus
detail from back of 1000 zloty banknote, Poland, showing positions of Mercury and Venus

The two nearest planets, Mercury and Venus.

☿ Mercury occupies the innermost orbit.

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 Venus occupies the second orbit from the Sun.

Our Earth occupies the third orbit from the Sun. It’s four prime orbital positions are illustrated on our banknote.

closeup detail of Poland 1000 Zloty Banknote, year 1982  back, featuring position of Mars
detail from back of 1000 zloty banknote, Poland, showing position of Mars
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 Mars occupies the fourth orbit from the Sun.

Two of the four prime orbital positions of Earth are shown in the third orbit in this detail.

closeup detail of Poland 1000 Zloty Banknote, year 1982  back, featuring orbits of jupiter and saturn
detail from back of 1000 zloty banknote, Poland, showing orbits of Jupiter and Saturn

♃ Jupiter occupies the fifth orbit from the Sun.

♄ Saturn occupies the sixth orbit from the Sun.

 Poland 1000 Zloty Banknote, year 1982  back
Poland, 1000 zloty banknote, back
Poland 50 Zloty 1982 banknote front
Poland, 1000 zloty banknote, front

Nicolai, you’re awesome.

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