Poland 1998-MW 200 zlotych Fr-168
This specimen was lot 1879 in Goldberg sale 106 (Los Angeles, September 2018), where it sold for $600. The catalog description noted, "Poland. 200 Zlotych, 1998. Standing Pope with arms wide open. John Paul II Anniversary. NGC graded Proof 68 Ultra Cameo." 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 was struck to honor the best known Pole of the twentieth century, John Paul II.
Recorded mintage: 5,000.
Specification: 15.5 g, .999 fine gold, 27 mm diameter, 0.500 ounce AGW.
Catalog reference: Fr-168; KM-Y346.
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- Goldberg, Ira, Larry Goldberg, John Lavender, Yifu Che, Jason Villareal and Stephen Harvey, Goldberg Sale 106: the Pre-Long Beach Auction, Los Angeles: Goldberg Coins and Collectibles, 2018.