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5 groszy POLAND (1990-2014)

5 groszy 1990-2014 - Polish coins
5 groszy 1990-2014 - coins of Poland
diameter: weight: thickness: alloy:
19.5 mm 2.59 g 1.3 mm Cu59Zn40Mn1
obverse:
in the centre crowned eagle - Coat of Arms; along the top edge: ♦ RZECZPOSPOLITA POLSKA ♦ (Republic of Poland); along the bottom edge year of issue
reverse:
on the left face value: 5, on the right: GROSZY, below five oak leaves lying one on another
edge:
four plain sections and four reeded
issue date:
1 I 1995
withdrawal date:
circulating
designer:
Stanisława Wątróbska-Frindt, Ewa Tyc-Karpińska
mint:
mint mark Mennica Państwowa (The State Mint - the name until 1994);

Mennica Państwowa S.A. (The State Mint JSC - the name in years 1994-2005);

Mennica Polska S.A. (The Mint of Poland JSC - the name after 2005), Warsaw (mint mark on the obverse under eagle's left foot)
mintage:
1990 70 240 000
1991 171 040 000
1992 103 784 000
1993 20 280 101
1998 93 472 002
1999 99 024 000
2000 75 600 000
2001 67 368 000
2002 67 200 000
2003 48 000 000
2004 62 500 000
2005 113 000 000
2006 54 000 000
2007 116 000 000
2008 107 000 000
2009 160 000 000
2010 100 000 000
2011 90 000 000
2012 60 000 000
2013 88 000 000
2014 15 000 000
varieties:
2011 - a) thick lettering in GROSZY in the reverse and the reverse picture small like in earlier years or b) thin lettering in GROSZY and the reverse picture larger like in later years

Variety of coins with face value 5 groszy from 2011
interesting facts:
The production of coins of this type in brass has become too expensive and in 2013 the National Bank of Poland announced a tender for the production of coins of this denomination in cheaper steel only coated with brass. The tender ended on October 31, 2013 and it appeared that The Royal Mint of Great Britain proposed the lowest price and won the contract for the supply of grosz coins from April 2014 to December 2016. The first coins of steel indeed appeared in circulation in March 2014 and are gradually replacing the brass coins, whose production ended.

The National Bank of Poland published mintage numbers of circulation coins only in January 2002, which was 12 years after minting the first coins and 7 years after putting them into circulation.
last update: 27 1 2015

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