The National Bank of Poland is releasing new coins commemorating the 100th birthday of Czesław Miłosz, a great poet and winner of the Nobel Prize. The issue is named "Czesław Miłosz 1911-2004" and consists of a gold 200 zloty coin, a silver 10 zloty and a 2 zloty coin made from the Nordic Gold alloy.
The three new coins with the image of Czesław Miłosz are being released on the 12th of August 2011.
The most valuable of the three is the collectable coin with the 200 zloty denomination.
"This coin is of course a normal legal tender token. This means that you can use it to pay in a shop, for example, however this is not very wise as its value is several times higher than its denomination", explains Przemysław Kuk, the director of NBP's Press Office.
The face of the 200 zloty coin represents an image of a pair of glasses lying on an open book and some notes. 4000 specimens were minted (0.900 gold fineness). The reverse shows the bust of Czesław Miłosz with a country house and trees in the background.
The face of the silver 10 zloty coin (50 000 specimens) depicts a book with some drawings and a piece of paper with some handwritten notes stylised to look like a feather. The reverse portrays the bust of Czesław Miłosz with clouds in the background.
The 2 zloty coin has been minted in 800 000 specimens from the Nordic Gold alloy. The face shows the Polish Coat of Arms and the reverse, just as the previous coins, represents the bust of Czesław Miłosz.
The images were designed by Robert Kotowicz and the traditional face of the 2 zloty coin i' by Ewa Tyc-Karpińska.
The NBP has further plans for this year’s issues:
The director of NBP's press Office informed: "We are also going to release the 'Starsi Panowie' coin with images of Jerzy Wasowski and Jeremi Przybora. Furthermore, we are planning to issue coins referring to the Silesian Uprisings and the 100th anniversary of the Polonia Warszawa club. Both will be silver and both will be issued at the end of the year".
Source: PAP, biznes.onet.pl