The National Bank of Poland has issued (15th May) a commemorative coin to mark the 150th anniversary of the National Museum in Warsaw, which is celebrating this milestone under the honorary patronage of the President of the Republic of Poland, Bronisław Komorowski.
Established in 1862 as the Museum of Fine Arts, the National Museum in Warsaw is one of Poland’s oldest and biggest art museums. It houses items of Polish culture from various eras as far back as the reign of King Stanislaw August Poniatowski to the present. Besides Polish art, the collection features European paintings by Dutch, Flemish, Italian and French artists, all adding up to a rich and comprehensive collection of art history from Antiquity to date.
Struck by the Mint of Poland, the striking and sleek obverse which is the work of Ewa Tyc-Karpińska depicts a stylized image of the Egyptian god Anubis, represented as a reclining dog and facing left. Under the dog are the commemorative years “1862 – 2012”. The text “150 LAT MUZEUM NARODOWEGO W WARSZAWIE” is positioned around the rim from left to right and also placed under the primary design. The reverse of the coin is more traditional with its inclusion of the crowned eagle, the national insignia of the Polish nation. The denomination of 10 Zlotych is positioned just below the eagle and the text “RZECZPOSPOLITA POLSKA 2012” placed above.
The coin is struck in sterling silver to proof quality with a weight of 14.1 grams and a diameter of 32 mm. A mintage of 45,000 pieces has been authorized.
For more information on this and other coins issued by the National Bank of Poland, please visit their website at: http://www.nbp.pl/homen.aspx?f=/en/banknoty/kolekcjonerskie/2012.html