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POLDAN - A complete set of 10 Zloty coins 1959-1990


Category: Poland
Set Type: 10 Zlotych, 1959-1990, Mint State
Owner: POLDAN
Last Modified: 11/19/2019
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Rank: 1
Score: 9856
Leading by: 2958
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Set Description:

UPDATED 5DEC2019

This particular registry set has been relatively dormant for some years but has experienced a remarkable surge of activity and interest of late, perhaps because it has been realised that this has been a neglected area of Polish numismatics.
With an extremely active market in coins of the Second Republic, where prices have rocketed for even very common dates, this period represents a more affordable way to explore a period of Polish numismatic history which design-wise is far more interesting than Pilsudski and the “Ladies” of the 1920’s and 1930’s!
This is a relatively modern set of 43 uncirculated 10 Zloty coins from the period of the PRL – Polska Rzeczpospolita Ludowa ( the Polish People’s Republic ), with many commemorative coins featuring.

Spanning the years from 1959 to 1990 ,the year after the breaching of the Berlin wall, this is only the second circulating currency series ever of this popular denomination. Only commemorative 10 Zloty coins have been issued since Poland once again returned to democratic rule.

The first series spanning the pre-war years from 1932 to 1939 comprised quite large chunky silver coins including a few commemoratives, all of which are popular with collectors and some indeed are extremely scarce in the top grades.

This also turns out to be the case with this second series of such coins which also includes many notable commemorative coins. However in the earliest years, there was little numismatic activity in Poland as it was then under Communist rule so a combination of disapproval of capitalist activities and a very weak economy meant that very few people collected such coins and consequently the earliest are scarce in the top grades.

As the movement towards democracy got under way in Eastern Europe, inflation in Poland was spiralling out of control and bank notes were issued for one million zloties or more.

Consequently the 10 zloty coin had very little value by the time 1990 arrived and the design over the preceding decade had become minimalist, almost spartan. So there was little impetus for collectors to bother with such unattractive coins so - apart from the last couple of years or so - these coins are actually very scarce indeed in the top grades, huge quantities having been melted down.

There are individual dates and varieties where mintages were relatively low, but the prime reason I started collecting these coins was because the earliest ones were circulating when I paid my first visit to Poland in the early 1960’s. In those days a 10 zloty coin was one of some value, such is the price of sentimentality.


My coins occupy the following positions :

Sole 1st …...…..1 - LAST YEAR -1 - CHANGE 0
Joint 1st……...22 - LAST YEAR - 12 - CHANGE 10
Sole 2nd……….1 - LAST YEAR -2 - CHANGE -1
Joint 2nd……..16 - LAST YEAR -22 - CHANGE -6
Joint 3rd……….3 - LAST YEAR -5 - CHANGE -2
Joint 4th……….0 - LAST YEAR -1 - CHANGE -1

Total…………43 coins.

It is very easy to acquire most of these coins in MS65 or MS66, but not so for MS67 – and that has been the challenge as the overall number of these is quite low, and in the case of the later years the cost of grading most likely exceeds the value of the coin.
MY GRADE DISTRIBUTION AND CHANGES :
MS67 or higher 25 - LAST YEAR - 17
MS66 17 - LAST YEAR - 19
MS65 0 - LAST YEAR - 4
MS64 1 - LAST YEAR - 2
MS63 0 - LAST YEAR - 1
Thus, it can be seen that my grades have strengthened considerably with just about all at MS66 or above. The only one missing is the scarce 1966 Small Column commemorating the two hundredth Anniversary of the Warsaw Mint. This not only had a very low mintage of just 102,000 coins but for some reason there seems to be a striking issue with the surfaces as there are just 13 coins graded at MS64, 3 at MS65 and just 1 at MS66. By way of contrast, the Kosciuszko issue of the same year has 46 coins at MS65 and above. Another noteworthy item is the 1969 Kosciuszko coin, where it looks as if a mint bag of coins has emerged from somewhere with an amazingly high number of coins grading grading at MS66 and MS67 during the year, together – ASTONISHINGLY - with 4 at MS68 and 1 at MS69.
Certainly a series worthy of continuing attention.
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View Coin 1959 TADEUSZ KOSCIUSZKO MS 66 NGC 205
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View Coin 1990MW MS 67 NGC 85
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