Ignacy Jan Paderewski coins

Sunday, 4 September 2011
On 29 August, the National Bank of Poland put into circulation three coins commemorating the eminent Polish pianist and statesman, Ignacy Jan Paderewski. This year marks 70 years of his death.
The obverse of a gold coin of 200 zloty denomination features an image of the eagle and a ribbon in white and red, symbolic of the national colours of Poland. The reverse depicts the bust of Ignacy Jan Paderewski, seen in profile. The coin, 27 mm in diameter, was minted in 3000 copies.

The obverse of a silver coin of 10 zloty denomination depicts the figure of the pianist at the piano. The reverse features a fragment of Paderewski’s en face bust and a silhouette of the eagle, which alludes to the coat of arms of the Republic of Poland from 1919. The National Bank of Poland minted 50,000 copies of the 10 zloty coin, 32 mm in diameter.

A Nordic Gold coin of 2 zloty denomination, 27 mm in diameter, was minted in 800,000 copies. The reverse depicts a fragment of Paderewski’s bust with the outline of a piano in the background.

The coins were designed by Roussanka Nowakowska, and the obverse of the 2 zloty coin with an eagle was designed by Ewa Tyc-Karpińska.

The gold (issuing price 2812 zloty) and silver coins (92 zloty) were auctioned until 26 August using the Kolekcjoner internet service. Since 29 August, the 2 zloty coins can be exchanged at the nominal price at the district branches of the National Bank of Poland. The gold and silver coins will be available there soon.

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