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POLAND People's Republic (1945-1990) - Polish zloty [PLZ]

1 złoty = 100 groszy

On July 22nd, 1944, right after Soviet army reached Polish territory pushing German forces westwards, Soviet dictator Josef Stalin created Polish government called Polski Komitet Wyzwolenia Narodowego - PKWN (Polish Committee of National Liberation). It was a typical puppet organisation, which was recognised only by Soviet Union, because the legal government was still residing in London. Five days later PKWN signed in Moscow a border treaty in which Poland accepted the delineation agreed between Germans and Soviets in 1939 right before they both attacked Poland. The border was splitting Poland into halves and in 1944 Soviet Union generously gave Poland back the German part. On August 24th PKWN created a central bank and made it responsible for issuing Polish currency, which was called Polish zloty [PLO] and was pegged to Soviet Rouble [SUG] at 1:1 ratio. Only banknotes entered circulation. Six years later, on October 30th, 1950 Poland implemented a financial reform to unify monetary system with the Soviet New Rouble [SUN]. A new unit called Polish Heavy Zloty [PLZ] was based on gold in relation 222 milligrams of gold for 1 PLZ, but possessing gold in coins or bars was in Poland forbidden, as was possessing foreign currencies. Prices and salaries were converted in ratio 3 PLZ for 100 PLO, but bank or home savings only in ratio 1 PLZ : 100 PLO. Polish were robbed from two-thirds of their belongings. Moreover, the population was given 10 days for the exchange and after this period PLO banknotes were becoming worthless. No wonder that the reform preparations were kept in secret.

In 1951 first coins entered circulation, all of them back-dated to 1949. In 1952 the official name of the country changed into Polska Rzeczpospolita Ludowa (People's Republic of Poland), what was projected to coins' obverse starting from year 1957.

Polish coins - 1 grosz 1949
Polish coins - 2 grosze 1949
Polish coins - 5 groszy 1949 bronze
Polish coins - 5 groszy 1949 Al
Polish coins - 5 groszy 1958-1972
Polish coins - 10 groszy 1949 CuNi
Polish coins - 10 groszy 1949 Al
Polish coins - 10 groszy 1961-1985
Polish coins - 20 groszy 1949 CuNi
Polish coins - 20 groszy 1949 Al
Polish coins - 20 groszy 1957-1985
Polish coins - 50 groszy 1949 CuNi
Polish coins - 50 groszy 1949 Al
Polish coins - 50 groszy 1957-1985
Polish coins - 50 groszy 1986-1987
Polish coins - 1 zloty 1949 CuNi
Polish coins - 1 zloty 1949 Al
Polish coins - 1 zloty 1957-1985
Polish coins - 1 zloty 1986-1988
Polish coins - 1 zloty 1989-1990
Polish coins - 2 zlote 1958-1974
Polish coins - 2 zlote 1975-1978
Polish coins - 2 zlote 1978-1985
Polish coins - 2 zlote 1986-1988
Polish coins - 2 zlote 1989-1990
Polish coins - 5 zlotych 1989-1990
Polish coins - 5 zlotych 1975-1977
Polish coins - 5 zlotych 1979-1985
Polish coins - 5 zlotych 1986-1988
Polish coins - 5 zlotych 1989-1990
Polish coins - 10 zlotych 1959-1966 Tadeusz Kosciuszko
Polish coins - 10 zlotych 1959-1965 Nicolaus Copernicus
Polish coins - 10 zlotych 1964 600 Years of the Jagiellonian University (convex)
Polish coins - 10 zlotych 1964 600 Years of the Jagiellonian University (concave)
Polish coins - 10 zlotych 1965 Nike
Polish coins - 10 zlotych 1965 Sigismund's Column
Polish coins - 10 zlotych 1966 Sigismund's Column
Polish coins - 10 zlotych 1967 Gen. Karol Swierczewski
Polish coins - 10 zlotych 1967-1969 Nicolaus Copernicus
Polish coins - 10 zlotych 1967 Maria Sklodowska-Curie
Polish coins - 10 zlotych 1968 25 Years of People's Army of Poland
Polish coins - 10 zlotych 1969 25 Years of People's Republic of Poland
Polish coins - 10 zlotych 1969-1973 Tadeusz Kosciuszko
Polish coins - 10 zlotych 1970 25 Years on Regained Lands
Polish coins - 10 zlotych 1971 FAO
Polish coins - 10 zlotych 1971 Silesian Uprising
Polish coins - 10 zlotych 1972 Gdynia Seaport
Polish coins - 10 zlotych 1975-1976 Adam Mickiewicz
Polish coins - 10 zlotych 1975-1988 Boleslaw Prus
Polish coins - 10 zlotych 1984-1988
Polish coins - 10 zlotych 1989-1990
Polish coins - 20 zlotych 1973-1976
Polish coins - 20 zlotych 1974-1983 Marceli Nowotko
Polish coins - 20 zlotych 1974 25 Years of Comecon
Polish coins - 20 zlotych 1975 International Women's Year
Polish coins - 20 zlotych 1978 Maria Konopnicka
Polish coins - 20 zlotych 1978 Miroslaw Hermaszewski
Polish coins - 20 zlotych 1979 International Year of The Child
Polish coins - 20 zlotych 1980 Games of The XXII Olympiad Moscow
Polish coins - 20 zlotych 1980 50 Years of Dar Pomorza
Polish coins - 20 zlotych 1984-1988
Polish coins - 20 zlotych 1989-1990
Polish coins - 50 zlotych 1979 Mieszko I
Polish coins - 50 zlotych 1980 Bolesław Chrobry
Polish coins - 50 zlotych 1980 Kazimierz Odnowiciel
Polish coins - 50 zlotych 1981 Gen. Wladysław Sikorski
Polish coins - 50 zlotych 1981 Bolesław II Smiały
Polish coins - 50 zlotych 1981 Władyslaw I Herman
Polish coins - 50 zlotych 1981 FAO - World Food Day
Polish coins - 50 zlotych 1982 Boleslaw III Krzywousty
Polish coins - 50 zlotych 1983 150 Years of Grand Theater
Polish coins - 50 zlotych 1983 Jan III Sobieski
Polish coins - 50 zlotych 1983 Ignacy Lukasiewicz
Polish coins - 100 zlotych 1966 Millennium of Polish Country
Polish coins - 100 zlotych 1984 Wincenty Witos
Polish coins - 100 zlotych 1984 40 Years of People's Republic of Poland
Polish coins - 100 zlotych 1985 Przemyslaw II
Polish coins - 100 zlotych 1985 Centre of Polish Mother's Health
Polish coins - 100 zlotych 1986 Wladysław Lokietek
Polish coins - 100 zlotych 1987 Kazimierz Wielki
Polish coins - 100 zlotych 1988 Greater Poland Uprising
Polish coins - 100 zlotych 1988 Jadwiga
Polish coins - 200 zlotych 1974 30 Years of People's Republic of Poland
Polish coins - 200 zlotych 1975 Victory Over Fascism
Polish coins - 200 zlotych 1976 Games of The XXI Olympiad Montreal
Polish coins - 500 zlotych 1989 50th Anniversary of Defensive War
Polish coins - 500 zlotych 1989 Wladysław Jagiello
Polish coins - 1000 zlotych 1982-1983 John Paul II
Polish coins - 10000 zlotych 1987 John Paul II
Polish coins - 50000 zlotych 1988 Jozef Pilsudski
last update: 16 III 2014

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