The National Bank of Poland has issued its eighth coin in a series commemorating the country’s Medieval coinage. The “Half-grosz of Ladislaus Jagiello” features an obverse and reverse that incorporate the design of original half grosz (1/100 Polish zloty) pieces from the time of Ladislaus Jagiello, King of Poland from 1386 to 1434.
The coin is composed of 28.28 grams of 92.5% silver, measuring 38.61 mm in diameter, with a mintage limited to 20,000 pieces.
The coin’s reverse features a depiction of the original half grosz reverse from the time of Ladislaus Jagliello. It bears an image of a White Eagle wearing a crown, along with the inscription REGIS POLONIE, or “King of Poland.” Situated around this historical reverse design is a larger, more modern rendering of the crowned White Eagle, with the inscriptions POLGROSZ WLADYSLAWA JAGIELLY, or “half grosz of Ladislaus Jagliello,” curving along the rim.
The obverse also features a depiction of the original half grosz obverse, which carries an image of a royal crown and the inscription, MONE WLADISLAI, or “coin of Ladislaus.” To left of this is an effigy of Ladislaus Jagiello wearing a crown, and a contemporary 20 zloty coin is included near the bottom, with the inscriptions RZECZPOSPOLITA POLSKA (“Republic of Poland”), 2015, and the coin’s denomination of 20 ZL.
Distribution of the coin outside of Poland is limited. Secondary market purveyors are offering the issue on sites such as eBay for around $60-$70 USD. For more information on the History of the Polish Coin: Half-grosz of Ladislaus Jagiello, please visit the Web Site of the National Bank of Poland.