Poland is celebrating the 100th anniversary of regaining its
independence with a circulating commemorative 5-zloty coin.
Released May 22, the ringed-bimetallic coin marks the end of World
War I and the beginning of the modern story of Poland.
“The year 1918 was special for us,” according to Adam Glapiński,
president of Narodowy Bank Polski, in a statement from the bank. “The
dream of freedom became a reality. It would not have been possible if
it had not been for the consistent activities of many generations of
Poles, who with faith in the future fought in uprisings, nurtured
Polish culture, and worked for the common good of the nation in order
to achieve the desired goal.”
The coin's copper-aluminum-zinc core is surrounded by a manganese
ring, and its obverse features the standard Polish Eagle design, by
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The reverse carries a design by Urszula Walerzak, with the
inscription translating to “100th anniversary of Poland regaining
independence 2018” surrounding the denomination and two oak leaves.
The coin weighs 6.54 grams and measures 24 millimeters in diameter.
It has a symbolic mintage of up to 38,424,000 pieces, enough for one
for each resident of the nation of Poland.
“By issuing this coin, we express our deepest respect for all the
great-hearted people who, by their attitude, contributed to the fact
that today we enjoy a sovereign Republic,” said Glapiński's statement.
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