The 200th birthday anniversary of Juliusz Słowacki
The 200th birthday anniversary of Juliusz Słowacki, poet and playwright, one of the most eminent authors of the Romanticism in Poland, will be commemorated by the National Bank of Poland by issuance of a collector banknote of PLN 20. It will be the third banknote of that type, following the banknote of PLN 50 issued in 2006, dedicated to John Paul II and the banknote of PLN 10 issued in 2008, commemorating the 90th anniversary of regaining independence by Poland. The banknote will be put into circulation on 23 September 2009.
On the face of the note, on the right-hand side, there is Juliusz Słowacki’s bust. In the centre, there is a stylized image of the manor house in Krzemieniec, which, for the past few years, has served as the Juliusz Słowacki Museum. This side of the note depicts the State emblem of the Republic of Poland.
On the back of the note, on the left-hand side, there is a fragment of King Sigismund (III Vasa) Column at the Castle Square in Warsaw. At the top, there are images of flying cranes. In the middle, there is reproduction of a fragment of an autograph from the poem "Uspokojenie" (Reassurance) and, at the bottom, a fragment of the St. John the Baptist Cathedral in Warsaw.
Author of the designs is Maciej Kopecki, chief graphic designer at the Polish Security Printing Works (PWPW).
Author of the banknote's steel engraving matrix design is Przemysław Krajewski.