The first mention in written sources confirming periodic recoinage in Poland relates to the 1170s suggesting a well-developed process. Therefore its origins presumably go back to an earlier period, the reign of Bolesław III the Wrymouth (1102–1138). Coins of six types were attributed to this ruler. According to the current state of research, some types were replaced by others from the beginning of his rule as a part of recoinage.
However, the latest numismatic studies show that the volume of this issue was not uniform. It increased significantly in the second half of the prince's reign, which is reflected not only by a greater number of dies, but also the structure of the die-chains. These data suggest that Bolesław introduced recoinage during his reign and its beginnings were not a cyclical process. Moreover, unlike in other European countries, only one, central mint was in operation.