Poland 1976 500 zlotych Fr-117
This specimen was lot 21370 in Stack's Bowers ANA Auction (Denver, CO, August 2017), where it sold for $1,880. The catalog description noted, "POLAND. 500 Zlotych, 1976-MW. NGC PROOF-69 ULTRA CAMEO. Head of Tadeusz Kosciuszko facing right. Mintage of only 2,318 pieces. Hard mirror fields with frosted cameo devices. From the Vincent Alones Collection." The populace having long lost interest in alleged heroes of the socialist revolution, the regime went back in time to honor Tadeusz Kosciuszko (1746-1817), who fought in the American war of independence and led the failed 1794 uprising against Russian rule.
Recorded mintage: 2,318 proofs.
Specification: 30 g, .900 fine gold, 32 mm diameter.
Catalog reference: KM Y-83; Fr-117.
- Ponterio, Richard, Kyle Ponterio and Chris Chatigny, The August 2017 Denver ANA Auction: Ancients, Selections from The Richard Stuart Collection & World Coins, Santa Ana, CA: Stack's Bowers LLC, 2017.
- Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1901-2000, 42nd ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2014.