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.[clarification needed]

Mintage[edit]

Republic of Poland regular[α] coin mintage by year
Year 1 gr 2 gr 5 gr 10 gr 20 gr 50 gr 1 zł 2 zł[β] 5 zł
1990 29,140,000 34,400,000 70,240,000 43,055,000 25,100,000 29,152,000 20,240,000
1991 79,000,000 97,410,000 171,040,000 123,164,300 75,400,000 99,120,000 60,080,000
1992 362,000,000 157,000,003 103,784,000 210,005,000 106,100,001 116,000,000 102,240,000
1993 80,780,000 20,280,101 80,240,008 20,904,000
1994 69,956,000 79,644,000 112,896,033
1995 102,280,109 101,600,113 99,740,122 122,880,020
1996 29,745,000 52,940,003
1997 103,080,002 92,400,002 59,755,000
1998 257,640,003 154,840,050 93,472,002 62,695,000 52,500,000
1999 203,970,000 187,900,000 99,024,000 47,040,000 25,985,000
2000 210,100,000 94,500,000 75,600,000 104,060,000 52,135,000
2001 210,000,020 84,000,000 67,368,000 62,820,000 41,980,001
2002 240,000,000 83,910,000 67,200,000 10,500,000 10,500,000
2003 250,000,000 80,000,000 48,000,000 31,500,000 20,400,000
2004 300,000,000 100,000,000 62,500,000 70,500,000 40,000,025
2005 375,000,000 163,003,250 113,000,000 94,000,000 37,000,025 5,000,000
2006 184,000,000 105,000,000 54,000,000 40,000,000 35,000,000 5,000,000
2007 330,000,000 160,000,000 116,000,000 100,000,000 68,000,000 20,000,000
2008 316,000,000 172,000,000 107,000,000 103,000,000 91,000,000 13,000,000 5,000,000 15,000,000 5,000,000
2009 338,000,000 222,000,000 160,000,000 146,000,000 133,000,000 57,000,000 34,000,000 62,000,000 59,000,000
2010 150,000,000 120,000,000 100,000,000 62,000,000 45,000,000 12,000,000 3,000,000 15,000,000 30,000,000
2011 270,000,000 150,000,000 90,000,000 80,000,000 15,000,000 10,000,000
2012 365,000,000 100,000,000 60,000,000 136,000,000 38,000,000 12,000,000 10,000,000
2013 323,000,000 150,000,000 88,000,000 142,000,000 36,000,000 30,000,000 21,000,000
2014a[γ] 86,000,000 20,000,000 15,000,000 88,000,000 46,000,000 28,400,000 35,250,000 28,000,000
2014b[δ] 334,924,900[ε] 117,084,750[ε] 81,004,500[ε]
2015
  1. ^ that is, non-collectible and and non-commemorative
  2. ^ excludes the low-mintage commemorative special-issue 2 zł coins made every year since 1995
  3. ^ Polish Mint
  4. ^ Royal Mint
  5. ^ a b c includes 1,000,000 pieces of pilot batch production marked the year 2013
Source: National Bank of Poland Official coinage

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
Note: due to copyright law in Poland the Polish zloty banknotes may not be freely reproduced.
2012 Series ("Sovereigns of Poland")
Image Value Dimensions Main colour Description Date of
Obverse Reverse Obverse Reverse Watermark printing issue
10 zł 120 × 60 mm Dark brown Mieszko I Silver denar coin during the reign of Mieszko I As portrait 5 January 2012 7 April 2014
20 zł 126 × 63 mm Violet, pink Bolesław I Chrobry Silver denar coin during the reign of Bolesław I Chrobry
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
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
200 zł 144 × 72 mm Brown, orange Zygmunt I Stary Eagle intertwined with the letter S in a hexagon, from the Sigismund's Chapel 30 March 2015 February 2016 (TBA)
500 zł 150 × 75 mm  ? Jan III Sobieski  ? As portrait ?  ? 2017 (TBA)
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