200th anniversary of the birth of Frédéric Chopin
The National Bank of Poland will commemorate the 200th anniversary of the birth of an eminent Polish composer and pianist Frédéric Chopin by issuing a collector note with the face value of 20 złoty.
The note will be issued at the turn of February and March 2010. It will be sold solely at an internet auction in the Kolekcjoner service. Participation in the auction requires prior registration of an account in the Kolekcjoner internet service. Detailed information on the NBP auction portal can be found at the website www.kolekcjoner.nbp.pl
The front of the banknote depicts a portrait of Frédéric Chopin in profile. This element has been made with steel engraving technique. The engraving of the portrait was made by Przemysław Krajewski – hand engraving artist at the Polish Security Printing Works. On the left-hand side, there is an image of the manor house in Żelazowa Wola where the composer was born. On the right-hand side, there is a reproduction of the first edition of Mazurka in B-flat major, Op. 7 No. 1 and of the autograph of the composer.
The back of the banknote shows a facsimile of a fragment of Étude in f-minor, Op. 10, No. 9, against a landscape with willows, characteristic of Central Poland region.
Banknote designers: Grzegorz Pfeifer and Katarzyna Jarnuszkiewicz. The engraving of the Chopin portrait by Przemysław Krajewski – hand engraving artist at the Polish Security Printing Works.
Size: 138 x 69 mm
The banknotes have been printed by the Polish Security Printing Works. The banknote is legal tender in Poland. Its face value is 20 złoty.
Images of the banknote