“600th Anniversary of Granting Municipal Rights to Łódź” – a New NBP Collector Coin

Narodowy Bank Polski is putting into circulation a silver coin commemorating six centuries of the city of Łódź.

Narodowy Bank Polski has announced that the silver collector coin “600th Anniversary of Granting Municipal Rights to Łódź” will be available on sale as of 25 July 2023.

The coin with a face value of 10 złoty is made of 925 purity silver, it has a diameter of 32 millimetres and weighs 14.14 grams. Its mintage is up to 10,000 pcs.

The obverse of the coin shows in the foreground the southern façade of Ludwik Geyer’s factory (the so-called White Factory), currently the seat of the Central Museum of Textiles in Łódź. In the background, the silhouettes of the Church of the Holy Spirit and the Łódź Town Hall are depicted.

The reverse bears the inscription 600-LECIE NADANIA ŁODZI PRAW MIEJSKICH (600th Anniversary of Granting Municipal Rights to Łódź). Next to it there is an effigy of King Ladislas Jagiello based on a drawing by Jan Matejko and an image of the 1577 seal with the coat of arms of Łódź.

Łódź was granted municipal rights in the 15th century, when on 29 July 1423 the king of Poland Ladislas Jagiello authorised the foundation of the city and granted it a charter of incorporation based on the Magdeburg law, also known as the German law. The charter was issued in Przedbórz. In this way, the ruler complied with the request of the Bishop of Włocławek, Jan Pella, the owner of the estate in which the village of Łodzia was located.

In legal terms, Łódź was to be modelled on Łęczyca, then the capital of the Łęczyca Voivodeship. The court system of the town was determined by a royal charter. The inhabitants were excluded from the jurisdiction of royal officials and from then on they were responsible only to the mayor, and the latter to the bishop who owned the city.

In the charter, the monarch also established the foundations for the economic existence of Łódź. Markets every Wednesday and two fairs a year were allowed. The first took place the day after Corpus Christi, and the second on 16 August, the day after the feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

Not without significance was that the townspeople were given areas of land that could be used for agricultural purposes. They amounted to 20 lans, i.e. about 470 hectares of land.

The original document of Ladislas Jagiello has not survived. The royal charter known from later copies did not contribute to the transformation of Łódź into a thriving urban centre. Łódź remained a small agricultural town. Only decisions made in the 1820s by the authorities of the Kingdom of Poland led to an influx of new settlers and the transformation of the city into a centre of the textile industry.

The silver coin “600th Anniversary of Granting Municipal Rights to Łódź” can be purchased at NBP regional branches and in the NBP online shop Kolekcjoner at the price of PLN 190.

More information can be found in the brochure.

NBP collector coins and banknotes are sold in commercial packaging with an attached certificate.

The next issue is scheduled on 17 August 2023. On that date Narodowy Bank Polski will be putting into circulation a silver collector coin “The Polish Thermopylae – The Warsaw Thermopylae”.

Contact for collectors: e-mail kolekcjoner@nbp.pl, tel. +48 22 185  17 05

Contact for the media: e-mail press@nbp.pl, tel. +48 22 185 2012


About NBP

Narodowy Bank Polski holds the exclusive right to issue banknotes and coins in Poland. All currency issued by NBP – including collector banknotes and coins – is legal tender in Poland. Issuing collector items is an occasion to commemorate important historic figures and anniversaries, as well as to develop the interest of the public in Polish culture, science and tradition.

High-resolution images of the coin: https://nbp.pl/monety-okolicznosciowe