A year after it was announced, the Polish National Bank (Narodowy
Bank Polski) said on June 6 that a new 500-zloty note (the equivalent
of $128) will enter circulation in February 2017. The bank note will
complete the “Rulers of Poland” series with a profile portrait of King
Jan (John) III Sobieski, who reigned from 1674 to 1696. The back has
Poland’s coat of arms with the imperial eagle and one of the country’s
most important monuments, the Wilanow Palace in Warsaw.
This concludes a bank note redesign that began in 2014 with the
issue of the first four notes — a 10-zloty note (Prince Mieszko I), a
20-zloty note (the first Polish king, Boleslaus the Brave), a 50-zloty
note (Casimir III the Great) and a 100-zloty note (Ladislaus II
Jagiello). A 200-zloty note with Sigismund I was issued this past February.
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The bank claims that the modernization of its currency to include
all the latest in security measures resulted in a significant drop in
counterfeits. It says that more than 1.77 billion bank notes now
circulate in Poland and it has recorded only 4.6 false bank notes per
million, about half the number in previous years.
The new series of notes were all designed by Andrzej Heidrich and
are produced for the National Bank by the Polish Security Printing
Detailed descriptions of all of Poland’s bank notes and coins are on
the bank’s website.