Banknotes and coins

Collector banknotes

Collector banknotes are paper currency issued specifically with collectors and numismatists in mind. They are released on the occasion of important events or to commemorate outstanding personages and their role in the history of Poland and Poles.

Due to their specific character, collector banknotes differ from general circulation banknotes. The symbolism of the images of figures and events is richer, the composition and thematic details are different, as well as technical and graphic parameters, i.e. the number and form of security features, the colour scheme, the size and printing techniques.

The first Polish collector banknote was issued by Narodowy Bank Polski in 2006. It was a banknote with the face value of PLN 50, depicting Pope John Paul II.

Collector banknotes can be used on the same principles as the general circulation banknotes, i.e. they are legal tender in Poland. It is worth noting that numismatic items (collector coins and banknotes) are valued much higher in the collectors’ market than their face value. The holder of a collector banknote should be aware of the fact that paying with such a banknote may lead to a significant financial loss.

Collector banknotes are normally sold in protective paper and plastic holders, usually bearing information about a given issue.

The production of collector banknotes, in common with the general circulation notes, is commissioned by the NBP at the Polish Security Printing Works in Warsaw.


The Centenary of the Formation of the Polish Legions

On 5 August 2014, Narodowy Bank Polski is putting into circulation a collector note “The Centenary of the Formation of the Polish Legions” with the face value of 20 zł. »

100th anniversary of the awarding of the Nobel Prize in chemistry to Marie Skłodowska-Curie

Narodowy Bank Polski issued a collector banknote with the face value of PLN 20. »

200th birthday anniversary of Frédéric Chopin

Narodowy Bank Polski issued a collector banknote with the face value of PLN 20 to commemorate the 200th birth anniversary of Frédéric Chopin, eminent Polish composer and pianist. »

The 200th birthday anniversary of Juliusz Słowacki

Narodowy Bank Polski issued a collector banknote with the face value of PLN 200 to commemorate the 200th birthday anniversary of Juliusz Słowacki, poet and playwright, one of the most eminent authors of the Romanticism in Poland. »

The “independence” banknote

The 90th anniversary of regaining independence by Poland was commemorated by Narodowy Bank Polski with the issue of a collector banknote with the face value of PLN 10. This was the second Polish collector note issued by the NBP. »

The first collector banknote - Pope John Paul II

On 16 October 2006, on the anniversary of Karol Wojtyła's election to the papacy, Narodowy Bank Polski issued a collector banknote depicting Pope John Paul II. This was Poland’s first collector banknote. »

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