Dear Madam, dear Sir,
It's only a few weeks until the World Money Fair in Berlin will open its gates. We are very pleased to welcome the Mint of Poland as Guest of Honor at our anniversary event and look forward to learning a lot about coins and numismatic programs, as well as about the country and its people.
In the course of history, our Polish neighbors have produced many important scholars, poets, musicians and statesmen, who of course are reflected in the images on the country's coins. Today we would like to introduce you to some of these outstanding personalities. At the same time, we look forward to becoming acquainted with many more “Polish heads” at the booth of our Guest of Honor and are eager to hear what else the experts from Poland will tell us about the country's history and its long tradition of minting.
Join us to admire exquisite numismatic treasures at the booth of our Guest of Honor – a widely varied selection, never on display before.
We look forward to your interest and to a successful 40th World Money Fair.
The organizing team of the
World Money Fair
Famous Heads on Polish Coins
10 zlotych 1999. On the reverse: Head portrait of Frédéric Chopin in front of stylized grand piano and willows
Fryderyk Franciszek Chopin was born in Zelazowa Wola (Poland) in 1810. He inherited his French name from his father who had immigrated to Poland in 1788 and soon married the daughter of an impoverished nobleman. Little Frédéric was considered a child prodigy, composing his first pieces at the age of seven. He soon became famous far beyond the country's borders. When revolts shook Poland, then under Russian rule, in 1830, he sought exile in Paris and with his compositions and piano performances made a name for himself in the exuberant cultural climate of the European metropolis. Chopin died on October 17, 1849, aged only 39 years. His body was laid to rest at Père Lachaise cemetery; however, following Chopin's own wish, his heart was buried in the Church of the Holy Cross in Warsaw.
On the occasion of the 150th anniversary of the great musician's death, the Mint of Poland in 1999 issued a 10-zlotych coin commemorating Frédéric Chopin.
2000 zlotych 1979. On the reverse: Portrait of Nobel laureate Marie Sklodowska Curie in profile (compare to design of 100-zlotych coin of 1974)
Maria Salomea Sklodowska was born in Warsaw on November, 7, 1867. Already at school her outstanding performance was noticed. At that time, however, women were not welcome to attend university in Poland, so the highly gifted girl worked as a tutor for years before venturing to Paris where she entered the Sorbonne to study physics. There, she soon met the scientist Pierre Curie whom she married in 1895. Enthusiastic about the works of Antoine Henri Becquerel, the 29-year-old woman decided to look deeper into his findings in her own thesis. She continued doing research about radioactivity together with Becquerel. In 1903 both scientists were awarded the Nobel prize. A few years later, Marie Curie managed something that before even in France had been unthinkable. On the death of her husband the Sorbonne assigned the woman scientist, who meanwhile had gained international reputation, to his professorship and let her continue her research. The courage of all people involved in that decision was rewarded when, in 1911, Curie received her second Nobel prize – this time for chemistry. As the director of the Radium Institute Marie Curie remained faithful to science until her early death on July 4, 1934.
On the occasion of the 45th anniversary of her death, the Mint of Poland issued a 2,000-zlotych commemorative coin of remarkable artistic quality, featuring the portrait of Marie Curie in profile and “Ra” for radium on the reverse.
2 and 200 zlotych 2007. On the reverse: Stylized head portraits of the novelist Joseph Conrad
Joseph Conrad was born on December 3, 1857 as Joszéf Teodor Nalecz Konrad Korzeniowski in the city Berdychiv – then part of Russia. His father was an exiled Polish patriot who only returned to Cracow shortly before his death in 1869, leaving his son more or less destitute. At the age of 16 Konrad decided to go to Marseille to get a job on a ship. On his travels he mainly got to know the African and Asian continents. Late in his life, suffering from severe illness, the traveler started writing. His first novel “Almayer's folly”, written in English, was published in 1895. However, the author's breakthrough came only 20 years later. Since then, his stories and novels, like “Chance”, “Lord Jim” or “The Heart of Darkness” have carried countless readers off to a strange worlds.
Joseph Conrad died near Canterbury, England, on August 3, 1924. On the occasion of his 150th anniversary, the Mint of Poland designed two superb commemorative coins honoring the writer as a traveler and a gifted storyteller.
20 zlotych 1995. On the reverse: Nicolaus Copernicus with his treatise on coinage, 12 stars framing his half length portrait
Nicolaus Copernicus was born on February 19, 1473 in Torun which then belonged to the Kingdom of Poland. His father Niklas Koppernigk was well-to-do copper merchant with best trade relations. Thus, despite the early death of his parent, young Nicolaus could afford to attend the universities of Krakow, Padua and Bologna, concluding his studies with a doctorate from the university of Ferrara. Later, when he was the treasurer and chancellor of the Torun chapter, Copernicus dedicated more time to the study of astronomy, contributing largely to the development of heliocentrism. Moreover, the scholar excelled as a theoretician of money. The principles and laws he formulated are still valid in the financial world of our times.
Copernicus died on May 24, 1543. For 200 years, archaeologists searched the Frombork cathedral for his mortal remains. Only in 2008, his supposed remains could be identified thanks to a DNA analysis of some hairs that were found in his books.
The Mint of Poland honored the great scientist in 1995 in its contribution to the subject “Poland in Europe” with an beautifully designed silver coin depicting Nicolaus Copernicus with this treatise on money and 12 European stars.
Many more famous figures would have deserved mention in this context. However, nothing compares to admiring their works with exquisite commemorative coins. Looking forward to that pleasure we would like to thank the Mint of Poland as early as today for the rich variety of their exhibition program which no collector and coin enthusiast should miss!
Anyone who wants to learn more about Polish commemorative coins or the main topic, the pontificate of Pope John Paul II, should have a look in the current catalog of the World Money Fair. You will get a free copy at the fair or you can download it at the time of the event from our website (www.worldmoneyfair.de).
Mennica Polska SA
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Tel.: +48 22 656 40 00