“Banknotes in Circulation in Poland”: inauguration of a new NBP collector series

On 20 June 2023, Narodowy Bank Polski is putting into circulation a gold coin inaugurating the series “Banknotes in Circulation in Poland” – “The 10 złoty Note”.

A gold coin “The 10 złoty Note” of the series “Banknotes in Circulation in Poland” will be available on sale as of tomorrow. The coin will inaugurate a new collector series devoted to banknotes in circulation in Poland.

The coin with a face value of 10 złoty is made of 999.9 purity gold. Its shape is rectangle-like, it measures 50.00 mm x 25.00 mm and weighs 31.10 grams. Its mintage is up to 1,500 pcs and it is available at the price of PLN 10,500.

The coin features a contemporary circulation banknote with a face value of 10 złoty of the series “The Polish Rulers”. On the reverse, in the central part, a portrait of Duke Mieszko I is depicted in a decorative medallion. Two stylised Romanesque rosettes can be seen in the background of the inscriptions. On the right of the portrait, there is an oval with fragments of a crown, and a decorative plant ornament underneath.  

In the centre of the obverse, there is an image of a silver denar with a depiction of a chapel dome or an image of a crown with a cross. The denarius is flanked by stylised fragments of columns and a ribbon. On the left of the image of the denarius, there is an oval with fragments of a crown. On the right side of the coin there is an image of the Eagle established as the state emblem of the Republic of Poland and the notation of the year of issue and the purity of gold (Au 999.9).

Circulation banknotes of the series “The Polish Rulers” were put into circulation on 1 January 1995, when a redenomination of the Polish złoty was carried out (the old złoty was exchanged for the new złoty on a 10,000/1 basis). Poles then started to carry banknotes of the denominations of 10 zł, 20 zł, 50 zł, 100 zł and 200 zł in their wallets. In 2017, a 500 złoty banknote was introduced into circulation.

The series of banknotes with the images of Polish rules was designed by Andrzej Heidrich (1928–2019). This outstanding graphic artist began to collaborate with Narodowy Bank Polski in 1960. At that time, he was invited to take part in a closed competition for the design of a new 1,000 złoty banknote. His design and two others won awards.

Over the years, Andrzej Heidrich was commissioned by NBP to make dozens of banknote drawings and designs, however, only in 1975 was the first banknote designed by him put into circulation. It was a 500 złoty banknote depicting Tadeusz Kościuszko. Andrzej Heidrich designed two series of circulation banknotes: “The Great Poles” (designs made in the years 1974–1993, in circulation in the years 1975–1996) and “The Polish Rules” (designs made in 1994, in circulation from 1995 till the present day). He is also the author of the designs of three collector banknotes issued by NBP.

The gold coin “The 10 złoty Note” of the series “Banknotes in Circulation in Poland” can be purchased at NBP regional branches and in the NBP online shop Kolekcjoner.

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 for 18 July 2023. On that date Narodowy Bank Polski will be putting into circulation a silver collector coin of the series “The Enduring Soldiers Accursed by the Communists” – “Stanisław Sojczyński ’Warszyc’”, with a face value of 10 złoty.


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 coins: Archiwum Collector coins | Narodowy Bank Polski – Internetowy Serwis Informacyjny (nbp.pl)