Poland 2004-MW 200 zlotych Fr-198
This specimen was lot 1884 in Goldberg sale 106 (Los Angeles, September 2018), where it sold for $630. The catalog description noted, "Poland. 200 Zlotych, 2004-MW. Poland joining the European Union. NGC graded Proof 70 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 celebrated Poland's joining the European Union. Joining the EU was supposed to bring wealth and glory to Poland but instead accelerated the exodus of skilled workers to the West.
Recorded mintage: 4,400 proofs.
Specification: 15.55 g, .900 fine gold, 27 mm diameter.
Catalog reference: Y-483, Fr-198.
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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.
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