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Poland: commemorative 20 Zlotych (Jan Dlugosz)

The National Bank of Poland issued collector 20-Zlotych note printed by the Polish Security Printing Works and puts into circulation on 24 August 2015. The banknote commemorating the 600th anniversary of the birth of Jan Dlugosz, one of the greatest historians of medieval, writer, geographer and diplomat. This is the first Polish banknote printed on special paper that allows the use of laser engraving technique and containing 2D code made by this technique. The use of 2D code is an innovative solution that enables immediate obtaining information of a banknote and its security.


Size: 138 x 69 mm.
Mintage: 30 000 pcs.
Designer: Andrzej Heidrich.


Obverse: an open book; portrait of Jan Dlugosz; in the book is a quote from the Chronicle of Jan Dlugosz visible only under UV light (the original text is in Latin, in the translation of Wanda Semkowicz-Zarembina, a quote is: "Knowledge of the past and things have played out inside and outside the country, equal to the virtue and sages believe the story behind the champion of life."; visible in the lower left corner of the 2D code and numbering the note engraving made by laser technique.


Reverse: picture of the Wawel Cathedral prepared on the basis of photographs from the collections of Stanislaw Markowski. Next to the cathedral's stained glass window, portion of this element has also been made laser engraved. Visible in the upper left corner of the banknote a color coat of arms bears the name Wieniawa.