Poland 2002-MW 200 zlotych Fr-188
This specimen was lot 1882 in Goldberg sale 106 (Los Angeles, September 2018), where it sold for $600. The catalog description noted, "Poland. 200 Zlotych, 2002 MW. Pope John Paul II. Pope facing radiant Holy Door. NGC graded Proof 69 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 type honors the biggest Polish celebrity of the twentieth century, John Paul II.
Recorded mintage: 5,000 proofs.
Specification: 15.55 g, .900 fine gold, 27 mm diameter.
Catalog reference: Y-438, Fr-188.
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- Friedberg, Arthur L. and Ira S. Friedberg, Gold Coins of the World, From Ancient Times to the Present, 7th ed., Clifton, NJ: Coin and Currency Institute, 2003
- 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.