Poland 1989-MW 10,000 zlotych Y-189

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Sincona sale 47, lot 1974
This specimen was lot 1974 in Sincona sale 47 (Zurich, May 2018), where it sold for 120 CHF (about US$144 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"POLEN, Republik. 10000 Zlotych 1989. Papst Johannes Paul II. Polierte Platte. FDC. (republic of Poland, 10,000 zlotych of 1989, for pope John Paul II. Choice Proof.)"
Pope John Paul II, the first non-Italian pope in several centuries, was a Polish celebrity of the first order and even the Communist regime could not pass up the opportunity to issue NCLT's in his honor. This type was struck in silver and gold.

Recorded mintage: 5,000 in silver plus est. 2,000 in gold.

Specification: KM Y189: 31.10 g, .999 fine gold; KM Y189a: 31.10 g, .999 fine silver, this specimen 31.44 g.

Catalog reference: Parchimowicz 369, KM 185.


  • Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1901-2000, 42nd ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2014.
  • [1]Richter, Jürg, Auction 47, World Coins and Medals, Coins and Medals from Switzerland, Zurich: Sincona AG, 2018.

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