On Jan. 21, Numismatic Guaranty Corporation® (NGC®) announced that they had created a Poland Certification Label featuring the Republic's colors and coat of arms, an accompaniment for the Mint of Poland’s innovative coin designs. This label is available for any common date, modern (1955 to date) Polish coin.
The Mint of Poland (originally called the Mint of Warsaw) was established in 1766 by King Stanislaw August Poniatowski. In 1791, the MW mintmark was introduced on Polish coinage. However, due to many periods of upheaval and uncertainty when coins were struck under foreign control or not struck at all, the mintmark was not used for nearly two centuries. It was proudly restored in 1965, and today, all modern Polish coins are distinguished by the MW mintmark.
The present-day Mint of Poland, still located in Warsaw, is the only producer of circulation coins in Poland. These include a 5 zlotys, 2 zlotys, 1 zloty, 50 groszy, 20 groszy and 10 groszy. On the obverse of each coin is an image of Poland’s heraldic eagle, as well as the year of issue. The reverse of each denomination features a unique arrangement of oak leaves, symbolic of Poland’s famous ancient oak tree, called “Bartek.”
In addition to circulation coins, numerous commemorative coins are struck by the Mint of Poland each year. These coins, which honor important people and events, have earned the Mint of Poland its reputation as one of the most innovative mints in the world. The very first Polish Proof collector coin was issued in 1972 and featured Chopin. Other popular commemorative coins produced in the decades since have celebrated Pope John Paul II, Shakespeare, Copernicus and many notable figures in Polish history.
The Mint of Poland’s commemorative coins has won several major international numismatic competitions, including multiple awards for the most technologically advanced coins in the world. Among the boundary-pushing designs in recent years are the first cylindrical coin, a pyramidal coin, an exploded cube, a spherical coin and multiple volcano and art-architectural coins.
The new label is available to all NGC Collectors Society members and Authorized Dealers for submissions of common date, modern Polish coins for an additional $5 (USD) fee. The Special Label fee is waived for bulk submissions.
The NGC Poland Special Label is not available for the NGC Oversize Holder.