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Coin of the Year award for NBP’s “Europe without barriers” coin

Date: 07-12-2012

The “Europe without barriers” coin with an inscription in Braille issued by the National Bank of Poland received the 2013 Coin of the Year award in the category of the Most Inspirational Coin for 2011-dated coins. The award was granted to a silver coin with the face value of PLN 10 that commemorates the 100th Anniversary of the Society for the Care of the Blind.

The main motive of the coin’s obverse is its denomination – “10 zlotys” in Braille. This is the first such coin in Poland and a unique solution globally. The reverse presents two figures, one of them holding a blind person’s cane. The coin, issued in 50,000 pieces, was designed by Dobrochna Surajewska. By issuing the coins, the NBP wanted to bring to the attention of the public that there are over 1,800,000 visually impaired people living in Poland.

Journalists who wish to take photos of the “Europe without barriers” coin are invited to contact the NBP Press Office: phone. 22 653 20 12 or 22 653 25 27, e-mail: press@nbp.pl.

The “Europe without barriers” collector’s coin commemorating the 100th Anniversary of the Society for the Care of the Blind is another example of actions related to the excluded. In spring 2013, under the “NBP does not exclude” campaign, the NBP will present its other actions intended for such groups, e.g. the first dictionary of economic terms in sign language thanks to which many terms from the area of contemporary economics and finance were introduced into sign language for the first time. Marek Belka, President of the NBP, took part in recording the key terms, such as the “central bank”.

In 2011, a cycle of courses in economics for the visually impaired was organised in cooperation with the Vis Maior Foundation. In 2012, schools and centres throughout Poland received over 600 sets of typhlographic models of Polish notes intended for the visually impaired. In the beginning of next year, a breakthrough educational publication on economics for people with intellectual disabilities will be published.

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The Society for the Care of the Blind, commemorated on the awarded coin, was established in 1911 in Warsaw by Countess Róża Czacka, who became blind herself. Later, she also became the founder of the Congregation of Franciscan Sisters Servants of the Cross. The task of the Society is to provide universal education and care to visually impaired children and young people. In 1921, the Centre for Blind People was established in the former manor in Laski that was given to Róża Czacka by the Daszewski family. So far, the Centre has educated more than 2,000 blind and visually impaired.

Europe Without Barriers
– 100th Anniversary of the Society for the Care of the Blind
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Europe Without Barriers - 100th Anniversary of the Society for the Care of the Blind 10 zł
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Purity (alloy) Finish Dimensions Weight Estimated mintage Scheduled date of issue
Ag 925/1000 (oxidised) proof 32,00 mm 14,14 g 50 000 14-10-2011

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