Poland 1996 200 zlotych Fr-165
This specimen was lot 30396 in Heritage sale 3040 (Chicago, April 2015), where it sold for $1,116.25. The catalog description noted, "Republic gold Proof "Gdansk Millennium" 200 Zlotych 1996 PR70 Ultra Cameo NGC, Warsaw mint. Struck for the 1000th anniversary of Danzig in archaic style, with the design intentionally running off the flan and the arms of Danzig on the reverse engraved in old coin style. A flawless example of this popular and scarcely available commemorative issue." 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. This one, one of two gold 200 zlotych issued in 1996, honors the millennium of the city of Danzig, now Gdansk.
Recorded mintage: 2,000.
Specification: 15.5 g, .900 fine gold.
Catalog reference: KM Y-230, Fr-165.
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