The National Bank of Poland (NBP) plans to introduce a new 20-złoty banknote commemorating late president Lech Kaczyński on 9 November 2021.
The leader’s image and his slogan, “Being a Pole has value” (“Warto być Polakiem”)
will appear on the new note. Lech Kaczyński, the identical twin brother of current ruling party chairman Jarosław Kaczyński, served as president from 2005 until his 2010 death
in the Smolensk plane crash.

While the notes will be legal tender, it is expected that they will serve primarily as a collector’s item. The notes will be produced on paper and will measure 150 mm x 77 mm. The color scheme consists of orange, blue, red, brown, and black. All text on the note
is Polish. NBP plans to produce up to 80,000 pieces.

The front side of the note features the following:

Images:

  • Portrait of Lech Kaczyński
  • A medal
  • A coat of arms with crowned eagle
  • A shield with crowned eagle

Security features:

  • A building as a see-through register
  • Watermark: Eagle and electrotype 20
  • Windowed security thread with de-metalized NBP

The back side of the note features the following:

Images:

  • The Warsaw Rising Museum, which was created with Kaczyński’s support while he was mayor of Warsaw
  • The cranes of the Gdańsk Shipyard that was home to the anti-communist Solidarity movementin which Kaczyński was a prominent figure
  • Three hands flashing V symbol with fingers
  • Coin with crowned eagle

Security features:

  • A building as a see-through register
  • Watermark: Eagle and electrotype 20
  • SPARK Live bell

Polish collector banknotes

Poland has been issuing commemorative banknotes since 2006. During that time, the NBP has commissioned a dozen different commemorative notes featuring historic Polish figures such as double Nobel winner Marie Skłodowska Curie, writer Juliusz Słowacki,
and composer Fryderyk Chopin.

Sources/References:

National Bank of Poland

Banknote News

Notes from Poland

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