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20 Złotych small type

20 Złotych (small type) -  obverse 20 Złotych (small type) -  reverse

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Features

Country Poland
Type Standard circulation coin
Years 1989-1990
Value 20 Złotych (20 PLZ)
Metal Copper-nickel
Weight 5.65 g
Diameter 24 mm
Thickness 1.7 mm
Shape Round
Orientation Medal alignment ↑↑
Demonetized 01-01-1995
References Y# 153.2, Par# 255, Schön# 184, Fischer Po# OB080
Modern World Coins & Current Coins of the World
by Richard S. Yeoman
(Whitman Publishing)
Katalog Monet Polskich
by Janusz Parchimowicz
(Szczecin)
Weltmünzkatalog
by Gerhard Schön, Günter Schön
(Battenberg Gietl Verlag)
Katalog Monet Polskich
by Adam Lanowy
(Fischer)

Obverse

The White Eagle, national coat of arms of Poland

Lettering:
POLSKA RZECZPOSPOLITA LUDOWA
mw
·1989·

Translation: Polish People`s Republic

Engraver: Stanisława Wątróbska-Frindt

Reverse

Value

Lettering:
20
ZŁOTYCH

Engraver: Ewa Tyc-Karpińska

Edge

Reeded

Comments

Many of these coins are found with ground off edges, this was done by criminals to make them become indistinguishable from German one-mark coins (http://en.numista.com/catalogue/pieces846.html) to selling machines. One mark was about 7,000 zlotych in 1990.
See this German article in Der Spiegel: http://magazin.spiegel.de/EpubDelivery/spiegel/pdf/13489158

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Year Mintage G VG F VF XF AU UNC
1989 MW 95,974,000 0.30 0.28 0.35
1989 MW 5,000 Proof
1990 MW 104,712,000 0.34 0.22 0.60 0.78 0.98
1990 MW 5,000 Proof

Values in the table above are expressed in USD. They are based on evaluations by Numista users and sales realized on Internet platforms. They serve as a measure, but they are not intended to be relied upon for buying, selling or exchanging coins. Numista does not buy or sell coins.

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