Poland 1991-MW 200000 zlotych Par-P640

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Künker sale 294, lot 3196
This specimen was lot 3196 in Künker sale 294 (Osnabruck, Germany, July 2017), where it sold for €2,200 (about US$2,965 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"POLEN, KÖNIGREICH, Republik seit 1989. 200.000 Zlotych 1991, Warschau. auf Papst Johannes Paul II. Probe in Gold. Mit glattem Rand. 31,07 g Feingold. GOLD. Nur 400 Exemplare geprägt. Polierte Platte. (republic of Poland, two hundred thousand zlotych of 1991, Warsaw mint, on the pope's visit, gold pattern with plain edge. 400 pieces struck, polished blanks.)"
This rare pattern was from an unissued series comprising 20,000 zlotych, 50,000 zlotych, 100,000 zlotych and 200,000 zlotych. Poland obtained her freedom in the early 1990's with the fall of the Berlin Wall but the new government found the treasury as empty as before. NCLT's ("Non Circulating Legal Tender" coinage) were issued in a bewildering array to help stem the flow. In the process, dozens of patterns were minted of issued and unissued designs.

Recorded mintage: 400 proofs.

Specification: .999 fine gold, plain edge.

Catalog reference: Parchimowicz P 640; KM Pr585.


  • Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1901-2000, 42nd ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2014.
  • [1]Künker Münzauktionen und Goldhandel, Katalog 294: Goldprägungen | Deutsche Münzen ab 1871 | Russische Münzen und Medaillen, Osnabrück: Fritz Rudolf Künker GmbH & Co., AG, 2017.

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