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Total commemorative banknotes issued is under 1,500 pieces. If you have achieved any figures close to this, then you are doing extremely well, as many of the older commemorative notes are hard to find even in poor conditions.

Opinion: Many collectors of commemorative banknotes would have come across with those Somaliland sets overprinted with gold and silver texts with the following wordings - 5th Anniversary of Independence 18 May 1996 [Sanad Gurade 5ee Gobanimadda 18 May 1996]. I believe these are "home made" (or fake) and not authorised by the central bank. My argument is simple. No central bank would have issued an overprint commemorative banknote that the texts are so large that it would cover the two signatures on the note as well as part of the serial numbers. Even if these are genuine notes, then these could be issued as souvenir sheets and not as legal tender. As I said before, this is my opinion. If you have paid top dollars for these, please think about my argument. There is always a sucker around the corner, including me of course!

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19 November 2020

.Poland - 20 Zloty 2020 Centennial Of The Battle Of Warsaw 1920

Rzeczpospolita Polska
(Republic of Poland)

Naradowy Bank Polski
(National Bank of Poland)
Currency - Zloty (PLN)

This is the 12th Polish commemorative note issued since 2006. This note is printed on paper material and not polymer like the last issue of 19 zloty in 2019 celebrating the 100th Year of Polish Security Printing Works. This note was issued on 11/08/2020.

This note celebrates the centenary of the Battle of Warsaw (aka Miracle of the Vistula). The battle was fought between Poland and the invading Russia Red army near Warsaw which started on 12/08/1920 and went on for 13 days until 25/08/1920 when the Polish army successfully defeated the Russian Red army with heavy casualties. The battle was led by Marshal Józef Klemens Piłsudski (b.1867-1935) who was then the First Chief of State of Poland. The success of this battle along with a few other battles led to the securing of independence of Poland until 1939 when the country was once again invaded by a foreign power and this time by Hitler Germany.

On the front of the note, it depicts the image of Józef Piłsudski drawing his ceremonial military sword and on the back, a scene of the Battle of Warsaw with the Polish advancing troops. This is the second time since 2014 that the image of Józef Piłsudski is printed on a Polish banknote. In 2014, a commemorative note of 20 zloty was issued commemorating the Centenary of Formation of the Polish Legions.

Quantity - 60,000 sets in simple card folder
Issue Price - 80 zloty
Dimensions - 150.5mm x 77mm

Twenty Zloty


Below are the full list of all commemorative notes issued since 2006;-

2006 - 50zl Karol Wojtyla aka Pope John Paul ll : qty 2.0M (i/p 90zl)

2008 - 10zl Josef Pilsudski : qty 80,000 (i/p 15zl)

2009 - 20zl Poet Julius Slowacki : qty 80,000 (i/p 80zl)

2009 - 20zl Frederic Francois Chopin : qty 120,000 (i/p 50zl)

2011 - 20zl Marie Sklodowska Curie : qty 60,000 (i/p 60zl)

2014 - 20zl Josef Pilsudski [polymer] : qty 60,000 (i/p 50zl)

2015 - 20zl Jan Dlugosz : qty 30,000 (i/p 72zl)

2016 - 20zl Doubravka of Bohemia & King Miezko : qty 35,000 (i/p 75zl)

2017 - 20zl Our Lady of Czestochowa : qty 55,000 (i/p 60zl)

2018 - 20zl Josef Pilsudski : qty 50,000 (i/p 75zl)

2019 - 19zl Polska Wytwornia Papierow Wartosciowych [hybrid] : qty 55,000 (i/p 80zl)

2020 - 20zl Josef Pilsudski : qty 60,000 (i/p 80zl)

2021 - 20zl Lech Kaczynski : qty 80,000 (i/p 100zl)

2022 - 20zl Protection of the Eastern Front : qty 80,000 (i/p 50zl)

2023 - 20zl Nicolaus Copernicus [polymer]: qty 100,000 (i/p 160zl)
"in my opinion - *"⇨
The entire series was sold out a few days after it was released. In general, 60,000 sets is quite a lot especially this is not the first time a numismatic commemorative note is issued. However I believe that the "sold out" was not due to high demand but merely the National Bank distributed the notes to various dealers for distributions. In another word, to get one, you will have to pay a much higher asking price from a reseller.

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