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Polymer banknote featuring Józef Piłsudski receives prestigious award

Polymer banknote featuring Józef Piłsudski receives prestigious award

Date: 27-03-2015

The 20-zloty banknote featuring Marshal Józef Piłsudski and commemorating the centenary of the formation of the Polish Legions has been granted the prestigious Banknote of the Year award. The design by Andrzej Heidrich is based on an earlier design of a 5,000,000 zloty banknote completed in the early 1990s. Due to currency redenomination launched on 1 January 1995, the banknote never entered circulation.

The award was granted at the High Security Printing conference, which was held in Budapest on 23-25 March. On behalf of NBP, the award was received by Marek Oleś, Director of NBP Cash and Issue Department (DES).

"The banknote featuring Marshal Piłsudski is a unique combination of a design of classic beauty and state-of-the-art technology. This is what was appreciated and rewarded" says Barbara Jaroszek, DES Deputy Director in charge of collector items issued by NBP .

Conference participants particularly appreciated the pioneering application in the general circulation banknote of three modern security features: Latitude, Aurora and Metalix. The first of those technologies – a hologram – has been applied in the image of Warsaw's Belvedere (Presidential Residence) which features on the front side of the banknote. The leaf motifs and the numbers denoting the face value on the averse and reverse of the banknote have been performed in the second technology. The third security feature has been incorporated in the motif of the ribbon appearing on both sides of the note.

Polymer substrate was used for the first time in Polish banknote production in the banknote commemorating the centenary of the Polish Legions. Prior to that, all Polish banknotes had been printed on paper substrate. The change entailed a necessary modification of certain security features. "For example, watermarks are not printed on polymer substrate", says Jerzy Dziemidowicz from the Polish Security Printing Works (PWPW), which manufactured the acclaimed banknote. "Whoever has handled the banknote must have instantly noted the beautiful hologram integrated with the substrate, featuring an image of the Belvedere Palace. This is cutting-edge, patented technology which we were the first in the world to apply".

The "Centenary of the Polish Legions " banknote is the sixth collector banknote issued by NBP. Its averse features the image of Marshal Józef Piłsudski, and the reverse depicts the Legions' eagle and the badge of the First Brigade of the Polish Legions, as well as the Grand Cross with Star of the Order Virtuti Militari , awarded to the Marshal.

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Narodowy Bank Polski holds the exclusive rights to issue the currency of the Republic of Poland. All coins and notes issue by NBP – including collector coins and banknotes – are legal tender in Poland. More information on the issue of collector's items can be found at the NBP NBP website and the folder „NBP Commemorative Coins”.

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