The Bank of Poland has released a new silver coin commemorating the establishment of the “NBP Money Center in memory of Sławomir S. Skrzypek,” an economic educational institution located in Warsaw. The center provides visitors with interactive programs aiming to expand familiarity with financial planning, histories of money, and larger economic systems. As is clear from center’s formal title, it also honors its patron, Sławomir S. Skrzypek, the former President of the Central Bank of Poland who died in a plane crash in 2010.
The reverse of the coin features an image of the “Tree of Knowledge” from the NBP Money Center, with the inscriptions CENTRUM PIENIĄDZA NARODOWEGO BANKU POLSKIEGO IM. SŁAWOMIRA S. SKRZYPKA, meaning “NBP Money Center in memory of Sławomir S. Skrzypek.” A press release notes that selecting gilding is used to emphasize the depicion of the tree.
The obverse features an eagle that stands as the Republic of Poland’s national coat of arms. Surrounding the eagle are the inscriptions STABILNOŚĆ, BEZPIECZEŃSTWO, WARTOŚĆ, PAŃSTWO, WIEDZA, KULTURA, PIENIĄDZ, BANK RYNEK, ROZWÓJ, HISTORIA, and PRZYSZŁOŚĆ, which translate to “stability, security, value, state, knowledge, culture, money, bank, market, development, history, and future.” The coin’s face value of 10 ZŁ is included near the bottom of the design, while RZECZPOSPOLITA POLSKA (“Republic of Poland”) and 2016 are located along the rim.
The coin is composed of 14.14 grams of 92.5% silver and has a mintage limited to 40,000 pieces. It measures 32 mm in diameter.
Distribution of the coin outside of Poland is limited. Secondary market purveyors are offering the issue on sites such as eBay for around $40-$50 USD. For more information on the NBP Money Center in Memory of Sławomir S. Skrzypek Silver Coin, please visit the Web Site of the National Bank of Poland.