The National Bank of Poland (NBP) and the local printer PWPW have created some of the most sought after collectible banknotes for years. Unlike other banks, Poland has embraced the numismatic market. They have created and issued low denomination Zloty banknotes to highlight historical people and events. This year, Poland will be issuing a 20 Zloty note commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Warsaw. This battle occurred in August 1920. Polish forces were able to repel invaders from the Red Army of the newly formed Soviet Union. Polish hero Józef Piłsudski led attacks on the invading Soviet Army and was able to turn the tide in the Polish Soviet War, eventually leading to an independent Poland. Pilsudski is displayed on the front banknote.

Poland 20 Zloty, 2020 being released. Colored in purple, red and yellow. Commemorating the Battle of Warsaw 1920.
Poland 20 Zloty | 2020|
Source: National Bank of Poland

The NBP has been issuing collector banknotes since 2006. For instance the first collector 50 Zloty banknote commemorated the election of Pope John Paul II. The bank has used these commemorative to ‘make money’, selling them often for 3 to 5 times the face value, but also to test new security features.  In 2008 NBO realased a 10 Zloty to commemorate Polands independence after the first World War. The NBP usually commemorates Military anniversaries on banknotes. For instance in 2014 a polymer banknote commemorating the formation of the Polish Legion and in 2018 a banknote commemorating Poland’s 100th anniversary of Independence.

List of Commemorative Polish banknotes:

Poland 19 Zloty colored in blue, yellow and white.
Poland 19 Zloty | 2019| 100th Anniversary of the founding of PWPW
Source: NBP
Poland 20 Zloty colored in grey, yellow and red.
Poland 20 Zloty | 2018 | 100th Anniversary of Polish Independence after WWI
Source: NBP
Poland 20 Zloty, 2017 colored in blue, yellow and white.
Poland 20 Zloty | 2017 | 300th Anniversary of the Coronation of Our Lady of Czestochowa
Source: NBP
Poland 20 Zloty, 2016 commemorating 1050th Anniversary of the Baptism of Poland
Poland 20 Zloty | 2016 | 1050th Anniversary of the Baptism of Poland
Source: NBP
Polish 20 Zloty, 2015 colored in white, yellow, red and blue
Poland 20 Zloty | 2015 | 600th Anniversary of the Birth of Jan Dlugosz
Source: NBP
Poland 20 Zloty, 2014 colored in white, yellow and blue
Polish 20 Zloty | 2014 | 100th Anniversary of the Formation of the Polish Legions
Source: NBP
Polish 20 Zloty colored in grey, white, green and brown
Polish 20 Zloty | 2011 | 100th Anniversary of Marie Curie’s Nobel Prize
Source: NBP
Polish 20 Zloty commemorating the 200th anniversary of the birth of Frederic Chopin
Polish 20 Zloty | 2010 | 200th Anniversary of the Birth of Pianist Chopin
Source: NBP
Polish 20 Zloty, 2009 colored in brown, yellow and white
Polish 20 Zloty | 2009 | 200th Anniversary of the Birth of Playwright Juliuz Slowacki
Source: Banknote World Educational
Polish 10 Zloty, 2008 colored in red, yellow and white
Polish 50 Zloty | 2008 | 90th Anniversary of Polish Independence
Source: Banknote World Educational
Poland 50 Zloty, 2006 featuring Pope John Paul II
Polish 50 Zlotych Banknote, 2006, Pope John Paul II
Source: Banknote World

I have to say my favorite is the Chopin note, but I might change my mind once I see the 2020 one in person. 

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