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XVI International Numismatic Congress

International numismatic congresses are the most important meetings of numismatists from all over the world. The conferences provide a venue for the presentation of the most important achievements in the field of studies on the history of money, discovered coins and historical events. Recently, these congresses have been held, among others, in Belgium, Spain and Italy.

The numismatic congress is an excellent opportunity to present the country, its scholarly institutions and other centres dealing with the history of money. Decisions on the choice of venue are taken by the International Numismatic Council. Poland has been awarded the honour of hosting the conference for the first time. The XVI International Numismatic Congress will take place in Warsaw in September 2022. It is jointly organised by the University of Warsaw, the Royal Castle in Warsaw, the National Museum in Warsaw, the National Museum in Kraków, Narodowy Bank Polski and the Polish Numismatic Society.

The coin features the image of Joachim Lelewel (1786 -1861), one of the most distinguished Poles of the 19th century, a great patriot, an excellent historian, and a world-renowned and esteemed numismatist.

As a professor at Vilnius University, Joachim Lelewel was one of the first to deliver lectures on numismatics. Forced to leave the country in 1831, after the fall of the November Uprising, he continued and developed his numismatic studies in Paris, and later in Brussels. A book on the numismatics of medieval Europe was a huge success, bringing Lelewel international fame. The acclaim was in no mean part due to his novel research methods. Lelewel cemented his reputation writing an innovative dissertation on Celtic numismatics, published in Brussels, which placed him firmly among the pioneers in the field.

The reverse of the coin depicts the portrait of Joachim Lelewel, while the obverse features the images of historical coins: the thaler of King Ladislaus IV, the tympf of John Casimir from 1663, the grosz of Casimir the Great, the szóstak (six grosz) of John III Sobieski and the denarius Princes Polonie of Bolesław Chrobry.

Prof. Mariusz Mielczarek