Polish National Bank issues commemorative WWII coins The coins will commemorate the 70th anniversary of the Start of WWII Eduardo Murillo The Krakow Post 25th August 2009
The Polish National Bank will issue a special set of coins, to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the start of World War II.
A 2 zl coin will honour those who died fighting the Nazis in Westerplatte, near Gdansk. The battle, which started early in the morning on September 1, lasted for seven days, despite only 182 Polish soldiers being present when the Nazis started their bombardment of the station.
A 10 zl coin, will remember those who perished in the bombing of Wielun, a town located in the southwest of the country. One of the many targets of this bombing was the local hospital, despite the large Red Cross painted on the roof of the building. This attack killed at least 1,200 civilians and destroyed 75 percent of the town.
Finally, a 200 zl coin, remembers Stefan Starzynski, President of Warsaw during that period, who stayed and fought the Nazis as they advanced on the capital. He also organized the movement that later became the Home Army. Eventually, he was captured by the Gestapo and most probably died in the concentration camp known as Dachau in 1943.
The Polish National Bank will start issuing the coins on August 28.
Special Chopin anniversary banknote issued 23.02.2010 08:19
The National Bank of Poland has commemorated the 200th birth anniversary of Frederic Chopin with a special banknote issue.
A presentation of the banknote, of nominal value of 20 zloty, was held Monday afternoon at the Royal Castle in Warsaw. The head of the National Bank Slawomir Skrzypek underlined that it is a tribute to one of the greatest world composers and a great Pole
“Frederic Chopin has set very high standards for all generations. He showed how much we Poles can contribute to world heritage and I am proud that the National bank of Poland hours this great man with a special banknote\,” said the central bank’s chief.
The banknote contains an image of the composer, his home in Zelazowa Wola, the willow trees characteristic of the Mazovian countryside and a few bars of the Chopin’s etude and mazurka.
The banknote had been on an internet auction as of the beginning of February. More details of the sale can be found at kolekcjoner.nbp.pl.
The National Bank of Poland has already issued a number of banknotes commemorating famous Poles, including Pope John Paul II, and the 200th anniversary of the birth of poet Juliusz Slowacki.
But those new coins haven`t been put on English version yet, they are only on Polish.
Issued on April 9, this coin honors the 70th anniversary of the extermination of Polish officers murdered by the NKVD in the Katyn forest.
70 years ago, on April 3, 1940, extermination of Polish officers who had been captured by the Soviets in September 1939, began. The officers were placed in camps in Kozelsk near Smolensk and in Starobilsk near Kharkiv. Polish police officers, prison guards, gendarmes and intelligence and counter-intelligence officers were placed in Ostashkov near Kalinin (presently and formerly called Tver). At the beginning of April 1940, the first group of prisoners was taken from Kozelsk. NKVD officers shot them dead in the Katyn forest. They (4410 Polish officers altogether) were buried there in collective graves. Later, collective graves were also created in Mednoye near Tver and in Piatykhatky In the suburbs of Kharkiv. 3739 prisoners from the Starobilsk camp were executed in the NKVD local office in Kharkiv, and 6314 police officers from Ostashkov were murdered in the NKVD building in Kalinin. 7305 prisoners were killed in prisons in Kiev, Kharkiv, Kherson and Minsk.
The reverse shows a military patrol cap with the Polish military eagle, with KATYŃ inscribed in the background. Along the rim there is a two-verse inscription: 70. ROCZNICA ZBRODNI KATYŃSKIEJ (70TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE KATYN CRIME). The obverse features the eagle as the state emblem of Poland.
Wow! I didn`t know that Polish coins receive so many awards every year!
2010 Coin of the Year Award
The 65th anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising against the Nazi occupation is the theme of the 200 zlotych gold coin issued by the National Bank of Poland that won the Most Artistic Coin category in 2010.
Poland 10 zlotych silver honoring the World War II Polish underground resistance to Nazi occupation-Most Inspirational in 2011.
A coin from the Mint of Poland the best in the world
The Polish coin commemorating the 400th Anniversary of Polish Settlement in North America won in the category for the most technologically advanced silver coin at the 26th Mint Directors Conference held in Canberra, Australia, 2010 Our coin was granted this award by the most prestigious panel of the mint directors from all over the world which makes it the best coin in the world in this category. This coin was produced in the Mint of Poland and emitted by the National Bank of Poland on December 17th, 2008. It was designed by Mr Robert Kotowicz, medalist. In the centre of the coin there is a glass core with a stylized image of a man blowing glassware. On the reverse, at both side of the core there are stylized images of men smelting glass. Above the core there is a ship with the newly arrived settlers. On the obverse of the ring the minters of the Mint of Poland placed the fragments of the stylized map of Virginia as well as images of the settlers and Indians
A silver coin, with the face value of PLN 10, issued by the National Bank of Poland, has won the “Most Inspirational Event” category of a prestigious competition in the minting industry. The Jan Karski coin issued by the NBP. Photo: NBPThe Jan Karski coin issued by the NBP. Photo: NBP
The coin was issued in April 2014 to mark the 100th anniversary of the birth of Jan Karski, the Polish war-time resistance courier who informed Allied leaders, including Anthony Eden, Britain’s foreign secretary, and US president Franklin Roosevelt, on the plight of Jews in Nazi-occupied Poland.
The coin was designed by Sebastian Mikołajczak. It is one in a series of three coins commemorating Jan Karski; the remaining ones having the face value of PLN 2 and PLN 200.
In addition to the Karski coin, Polish coins were nominated in four of the remaining nine categories.
The jury will select the “Coin of the Year” from amongst the winners in the ten categories. The final vote is scheduled for 6 December, and the awards will be presented during the World Money Fair in Berlin on 6 February, 2016.
The Coin of the Year competition is run by the American publisher Krause Publications, the world’s largest publisher of coin books and coin magazines for collectors.
Polish coin in tribute to the Cichociemni Paratroopers 19.02.2016 08:38 The National Bank of Poland has issued a silver coin to mark the 75th anniversary of the first drop of the Cichociemni Paratroopers, an elite WW II special-operations unit of the Polish Army in exile. The coin has a face value of PLN 10. Photo: NBPThe coin has a face value of PLN 10. Photo: NBP
The first group of the Cichociemni, or "Silent Unseen", were sent on a mission into German-occupied Poland from Britain, where they had been trained, on the night of 15 February 1941.
The face value of the coin is PLN 10 and its issue price is PLN 120. The coin’s mintage is 15,000 pieces.
The obverse of the coin depicts a paratrooper landing, while its reverse features the symbol of Fighting Poland and 316 birds, the number corresponding to the total number of the Cichociemni who were secretly parachuted into occupied Poland to join underground resistance units.
Three of these birds are placed on the outer ring of the coin. They symbolize the three members of the unit who parachuted into Poland 75 years ago.
The Mint of Poland has developed new minting technology to strike spherical coins. The first coin with this technology shows a 1638 world map by Dutch cartographer Willem Janszoon Blaeu and highlights the Seven New Wonders of the World
New coinage production techniques developed by the Mint of Poland make striking the world possible.
The Mint of Poland has unveiled new technology allowing for the creation of spherical (globe-shaped) coins. The technology was announced in a presentation Jan. 29 during the technical forum preceding the World Money Fair in Berlin
Siemowit Kalukiewicz, the chief operating officer of the Mint of Poland, unveiled the 2015 Seven New Wonders of the World 7-ounce .999 fine silver $7 coin during the forum.
This commemorative coin was struck by the Mint of Poland, which issued it in the name of Niue Island, a territory of New Zealand.
The coin features a design based on the 1638 hand-drawn world map Nova totius terrarum orbis geographica ac hydrographica tabula created by eminent Dutch cartographer Willem Janszoon Blaeu. The map is in the collection of the Boston Public Library.
At different positions on the design’s historical map are seven Swarovski crystals, one for each of the Seven New Wonders of the World. The ”wonders” were announced July 7, 2007, after a global contest to select them.
The list features Chichen Itza (Mexico), Christ the Redeemer statue (Brazil), the Great Wall of China, Machu Picchu (Peru), the ancient city of Petra (Jordan), the Taj Mahal (India), and the Roman Colosseum (Italy).
To create a spherical coin, the Mint of Poland first prepared and evaluated a three-dimensional-model of the coin using Delcam’s modelling software ArtCAM. To assure the coin’s ideal spherical shape and map the images, engineers created a special six-piece die setup, with hammer (top) and anvil (bottom) dies joined with four collar dies on the sides.
According to Kalukiewicz, mint technicians first used blank dies to strike test examples in copper. Then technicians struck copper and silver test strikes with dies bearing designs, learning that perfectly round blanks would not result in perfectly round coins.
The planchets were given a slightly raised, ridged area at the upper pole. This was necessary so the globular shape remained intact when the hammer die struck the planchet. It allowed the metal to flow just where the mint technicians needed it, to produce the spherical shape of the final product.
Kalukiewicz said it required 13 hours to laser-engrave each of the four pieces of the collar (for a total of 52 hours) used in striking this revolutionary new coin, and dozens of hours were needed to laser-engrave the hammer and anvil dies.
Two strikes from the press were needed, the first strike using 600 kilonewtons of force and the second strike using 650 kilonewtons of force.
The coin has a diameter of 34 millimeters and weighs 217.7 grams.
The mintage limit is 1,007 pieces.
Both antique or oxidized and standard silver versions were created, but the Mint of Poland has not confirmed whether each version has a mintage of 1,007 pieces or if that limit will be distributed through both versions.
In addition, no distributor or pricing has been confirmed by press time Feb. 19. Coin World will report the information when it becomes available.
Special coins mark Poland’s post-WWII anti-communist resistance 27.02.2017 14:33 Poland’s central bank (NBP) on Monday issued two special silver coins commemorating the country’s post-WWII anti-communist resistance movement.
The bank’s Barbara Jaroszek said the two coins mark the beginning of a series which will eventually comprise more than 20 coins.
She said the first coin is designed to commemorate all members of the armed postwar pro-independence underground.
Its reverse shows a group of soldiers against a background of stylized trees, a red-and-white Polish flag and the inscription: "They behaved as they should have done."
The second coin commemorates medical orderly Danuta Siedzikówna, (also known as Inka, her nom de guerre), a member of the Polish underground Home Army who was executed in 1946 -- when she was just 17 years old -- by the Soviet-backed communist regime that came to power in Poland after World War II.
Poland on 1 March marks the National Day of the “Cursed Soldiers” to commemorate some members of Poland's anti-communist movements.
After Poland's official underground army (AK) of World War II disbanded in 1945, thousands of Poles continued to fight in other formations against the imposition of communism as the Soviet Red Army extended its grip across the country.
Best New Commemorative or Limited Circulation Banknote National Bank of Poland – Commemorative 20 Zloty The note celebrates the 1050th anniversary of the Baptism of Poland, depicting the portraits of Prince Mieszko I and his Bohemian wife Dobrawa, with the Gniezno Cathedral featured on the reverse.
POLAND, Monarchy. Zygmunt III Wasa. 1587-1632. AV 100 Dukat (70mm, 349.49 g, 12h). Commemorating the victory over the Turks at Chocim (Khotyn). Bydgoszcz (Bromberg) mint; Jacob Jacobson van Emden, mintmaster, and Samuel Ammon, engraver. Dated 1621 II VA SA. * SIGISMVNDVS · III · D : G : POLONIÆ · ET · SVECIÆ · REX *, armored and draped bust right, wearing ruff and collar of the Order of the Golden Fleece; all within oak wreath border / * MAGNVS · DVX · LITVAN : RVSS : : PRVSS : MAS : SAM : LIVON : ZC’ : *, crowned ornate coat-of-arms within collar of the Order of the Golden Fleece; II and SA within garnish; all within oak wreath border. Czapski 1414; Kopicki 1441; Kurpiewski 1770; Gumowski –; KM H43; Friedberg 72 (this coin cited); Kaleniecki p. 108 (this coin cited). EF, scattered handling marks and hairlines, die break on reverse. One of six total specimens known, and the only example to be offered at auction since 2008.
Ex Kroisos Collection (Stack’s, 14 January 2008), lot 3091 (where it appears on the cover); G. Hirsch 53 (26 June 1967), lot 210 (where it appears on the cover).
Like the 1629 Coronation 100 Dukát of Ferdinand III, and the 1677 100 Dukát of Mihály Apafi I, this 100 Dukat of Zygmunt III Wasa is one of the largest European gold pieces ever struck. When this coin sold in 2008, it realized $1,380,000 (including the 15% buyer’s fee); the highest price realized for a gold coin to that date.
Six examples of this issue are known, all from a single pair of dies:
a) Muzeum Narodowe w Krakowe (Emeryk Hutten-Czapski Collection, donated in 1903)
b) Sigismund von Chelminski Collection (Helbing, 25 April 1904), lot 206 (hammer 3000 Gold Marks)
c) F. S. Guggenheimer Collection (Stack's, 22 January 1953), lot 497 (hammer $3000)
d) Stack's (1 February 1957), lot 1031 = Stack's (8 April 1954), lot 1151
e) Stack's (7 December 1989), lot 2207 = Stack's (17 September 1980), lot 2207 = Stack's (7 November 1974), lot 255
f) Kroisos Collection (Stack's, 14 January 2008), lot 3091 = G. Hirsch 53 (26 June 1967), lot 210 (the present example)
The son of Johann III of Sweden and his first wife, Katarzyna Jagiellonka of Poland, Zygmunt III Wasa was elected to the throne of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth in 1587. Still a controversial figure in Poland, his long reign as its king (1587-1632), coincided with high point of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth. Hoping to create a personal union between the Commonwealth and Sweden, he used his position to take the Swedish throne in 1592, upon the death of his father. Fearing that Zygmunt might use this as an opportunity to re-establish Roman Catholicism in Protestant Sweden, Zygmunt's uncle, Karl (later to become Karl IX), became the leader of the Protestant opposition in Sweden. As king-elect, Zygmunt was forced to confirm the resolutions of the 1593 Uppsala Synod, by recognizing that Sweden was a Lutheran Protestant state. Under this agreement, Karl, along with the Swedish Privy Council, would share power with the king and rule in his place, since Zygmunt remained in Poland. Following Zygmunt's coronation as King of Sweden on 19 February 1594, the new king engaged in a series of reactionary policies designed to curb the power of the Swedish nobility. He ordered that no Parliaments be summoned without his consent. In return, the Swedish Parliament elected Karl as regent. In sympathy with the king, the nobility of Finland (then a part of the Swedish Kingdom), led by Klaus Fleming, rejected this appointment, considering Karl to be a rebel. To counterattack Fleming, Karl instigated a rebellion among the local peasants in a rebellion. Known as the Cudgel War (1596-1597), this rebellion precipitated a larger civil war between Sweden and the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth. Through a series of battles in 1598, the Swedish forces under Karl eventually force the king to accept a peace treaty, under which Zygmunt would be officially deposed and his son, Władysław IV Vasa, would be sent to Sweden as his successor, provided the boy would be brought up as a Protestant. When Zygmunt failed to respond to these demands, the Swedish Parliament elected Karl as the new king.
As King of Poland, Zygmunt's primary goals were to create a strong and stable Polish government, as well as combating heresy in all its forms. While such policies were unsuccessful in Sweden, he was more successful against the Ottomans. Viewed as a Christian bulwark against the Turks, Zygmunt was eager to assist Austria. Promised territorials gains for the kingdom in return for his assistance, Zygmunt sent mercenaries to the Principality of Moldavia to extricate the Ottomans from the area. At the Battle of Chocim (mod. Khotyn) in 1621, the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth held the forces of Sultan Osman II and his Janissaries at bay until the first autumn snows. Aided by the Polish hussars, a heavy cavalry known as winged, because their armor included a pair of wings on their back, the Ottomans, sustaining heavy losses, were forced to abandon the field. Although indecisive in its outcome, the battle – the largest in the history of the Commonwealth to date – was proclaimed a great victory over the "heathens", and became subsequently an event of great cultural pride in succeeding years (see, for example, Wacław Potocki's, Transakcja wojny chocimskiej [The Progress of the War of Chocim], written between 1669 and 1672). Struck by Jacob Jacobson van Emden, with dies engraved by Samuel Ammon, this impressive gold 100 Dukat was struck to commemorate this victory. Current Status
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Wow. Polish Mint has made 10 silver coins for a New Zealand customer - each weighs 10 kilograms. Our magnificent silver coin reflects the historical importance of the longtime pontificate of the Polish pope. It shows the Holy Father as we would like to remember him: cheerful and open to dialogue. The portrait of John Paul II depicted on the coin is kept in the artistic convention of traditional iconography: beautiful, meticulously sculptured radiant aureole solemnly emphasizes the holiness of Saint John Paul the Great.