Polish coins and banknotes

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Current Polish coins and banknotes issued by the National Bank of Poland. For historical ones, see here.

Coins[edit]

Although some of the coins were minted as early as 1990, they were not released until January 1, 1995, when the złoty was redenominated.

1990 Series [1]
Image Value Technical parameters Description Date of first minting
Reverse Obverse Diameter Mass Composition Edge Obverse Reverse
1 grosz.png 1 grosz 15.5 mm 1.64 g Steel bronze Serrated State title and the eagle of the coat of arms Value and 1 leaf 1990
2 grosze.gif 2 grosze 17.5 mm 2.13 g Plain Value and 2 leaves
5 groszy.gif 5 groszy 19.5 mm 2.59 g Alternately smooth and serrated Value and 5 leaves
10 groszy.gif 10 groszy 16.5 mm 2.51 g Cupronickel Alternately smooth and serrated State title and the eagle of the coat of arms Value and (10) encircling leaves 1990
20 groszy.gif 20 groszy 18.5 mm 3.22 g Serrated Value and (20) square-shaped leaves
50 groszy.gif 50 groszy 20.5 mm 3.94 g Value and (50) leaves in semicircle shape
1 zł 23 mm 5 g Alternately smooth and serrated Value and (100) leaves in full-circle shape
2 zł 21.5 mm
Core: 12 mm
5.21 g Ring: Aluminium bronze
Center: Cupronickel
Plain Value and 2 leaves in the ring portion 1994
Polish 5-Zloty coin (1994).gif 5 zł 24 mm
Core: 16 mm
6.54 g Ring: Cupronickel
Center: Aluminium bronze
Irregularly milled State title and the eagle of the coat of arms Value and 5 leaves in the ring portion 1994
Note: due to copyright law in Poland the Polish zloty coins may not be freely reproduced.

Banknotes[edit]

1994 Series ("Sovereigns of Poland")[2]
Image Value Dimensions Main colour Description Date of
Obverse Reverse Obverse Reverse Watermark printing issue
10 złoty (Poland) note.jpg 10 zł 120 × 60 mm Dark brown Mieszko I Silver denar coin during the reign of Mieszko I As portrait 25 March 1994 1 January 1995
20zl r.jpg 20 zł 126 × 63 mm Violet, pink Bolesław I Chrobry Silver denar coin during the reign of Bolesław I Chrobry
50zl r.jpg 50 zł 132 × 66 mm Dark blue Kazimierz III Wielki White Eagle from the royal seal of Casimir III the Great and the regalia of Poland: sceptre and globus cruciger
100zl r.jpg 100 zł 138 × 69 mm Dark green Władysław II Jagiełło Shield bearing a White Eagle from the tombstone of Władysław II Jagiełło, coat of the Teutonic Knights and the Grunwald Swords 1 June 1995
200zl r.jpg 200 zł 144 × 72 mm Brown, orange Zygmunt I Stary Eagle intertwined with the letter S in a hexagon, from the Sigismund's Chapel
500 zł 150 × 75 mm Violet, gold Jadwiga of Poland Coat of arms of Jadwiga of Poland Cancelled in late 1990s
Note: due to copyright law in Poland the Polish zloty banknotes may not be freely reproduced.

Commemorative banknotes[edit]

Commemorative Series [3]
Value Dimensions Main Color Description Date of
Obverse Reverse Watermark printing issue
10 zł 138 x 69 mm Pink, orange Polish coat of arms, Belweder Palace, Commander Józef Piłsudski White eagle, Monument of the Heroic Deed of Polish Legions in Kielce. Józef Piłsudski, electrotype denomination 80,000 November 3, 2008
20 zł 138 x 69 mm Orange, yellow, brown Polish coat of arms, Chalet in Krzemieniec, Juliusz Słowacki Cranes, an excerpt of the poem Sedation, Statue of Sigismund III Vasa at Castle Square in Warsaw. Juliusz Słowacki, electrotype denomination 80,000 September 23, 2009
20 zł 138 x 69 mm Light blue, Light brown, black Frédéric Chopin, the mansion in Zelazowa where the composer was born, reproduction of the first edition of Mazurka in B-flat major, Opus 7 No 1, Chopin's autograph. Facsimile of a fragment of Étude in f-minor, Opus 10, No 9, landscape in Central Poland with Masovian willows. Chopin 120,000 February 26, 2010
20 zł 138 x 69 mm Brown and green Marie Skłodowska Curie, Sorbona w Paryżu (Sorbonne school building in Paris), Coat of arms, Ra (atomic symbol for radium) in SPARK patch in concentric circles. Curie quotation ("I have detected the radium, but not created it; the glory does not belong to me, but it is the property of the whole mankind."), Instytut Radowy w Warszawie (Radium Institute building in Warsaw); Nobel Prize medal for chemistry. Marie Skłodowska Curie and electrotype denomination 60,000 December 12, 2011
20 zł 147 x 67 mm Green, brown, yellow and blue Belvedere Palace hologram; coat of arms with crowned eagle; Commander Józef Klemens Piłsudski wearing military uniform. Eagle badge of the Polish Legions; Grand Cross (with Star) of the Order of Virtuti Militari; badge of the First Brigade of the Polish Legions; Belvedere Palace hologram. None 50,000 August 5, 2014
50 zł 144 x 72 mm Blue, yellow Pope John Paul II, Polish coat of arms Cardinal Stefan Wyszynski, a quotation from Letter to Poles, Jasna Góra Monastery and church Papal arms of John Paul II 2,000,000 October 16, 2006

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ National Bank of Poland - Internet Information Service
  2. ^ National Bank of Poland - Internet Information Service
  3. ^ The National Bank of Poland's Collector's Banknote page