Award for the NBP Coin “Europe Without Barriers – 100th Anniversary of the Society for the Care of the Blind”
The silver commemorative coin “Europe Without Barriers – 100th Anniversary of the Society for the Care of the Blind” has taken second place in the Coin Constellation 2012 contest in the Unique Concept category. By putting this distinctive coin into circulation – with its face value written in Braille, the National Bank of Poland wished to draw the general public’s attention to problems of the blind and the partially sighted, as well as to honour the Society for the Care of the Blind.
The awarded coin has been designed by Dobrochna Surajewska, and issued in 50 thousand pieces. The main motif on the obverse is the coin face value (“10 złotych”) struck in Braille. This is the first coin of this type in Poland, and a solution exceptional on the world scale. The reverse depicts stylised silhouettes of two people, one of whom is carrying a blind person’s cane.
In Poland, over 1.8 million people are disabled because of damage to their sight organ or eye diseases. It is worth noting that the central bank has also developed a dictionary of economic terms for the deaf, and has been organising actions aimed at bringing economic education to groups of the excluded, among other things, as part of the initiative called “the NBP does not exclude”.
The jury of the Moscow Coin Constellation 2012 contest awarded the most beautiful coins issued in 2011 in ten categories. More information about the coin along with its images are available at the NBP site: http://www.nbp.pl/home.aspx?f=/en/banknoty/kolekcjonerskie/2011.html#11b