70 years of the Katyń Crime [2]

70th Anniversary of the Katyń Crime

Subject: no
Face value: 2 pln
Alloy: (CuAl5Zn5Sn1) NG
Diameter: 27 mm
Weight: 8.15 g
Finish: standard
Mintage: 1000000 pcs
On the edge: an inscription, NBP, repeated eight times, every second one inverted by 180 degrees, separated by stars
Additional: no
Date of issue: 2010-04-08
Issue price: 2 pln
Centrally, an inscription: KATYŃ. Below, a stylized image of the military forage cap with the Polish military Eagle. At the top, a semi circular inscription: 70. ROCZNICA ZBRODNI/KATYŃSKIEJ (70th anniversary of the Katyn massacre).

Designer: Urszula Walerzak
An image of the Eagle established as the State Emblem of the Republic of Poland. On the sides of the Eagle, the notation of the year of issue: 20-10. Below the Eagle, an inscription: ZŁ 2 ZŁ; in the rim, an inscription: RZECZPOSPOLITA POLSKA (Republic of Poland), preceded and followed by six pearls. The Mint's mark: M/W, under the Eagle's left leg.

Designer: Ewa Tyc-Karpińska

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70th anniversary of the Katyn massacre

As a result of the Soviet Union's invasion of Poland on 17 September 1939, around 250 thousand soldiers of the Polish Army were taken prisoners. Some of them were considered particularly dangerous and were placed in special NKVD camps. Regular and reserve officers were taken to Kozelsk near Smolensk and Starobilsk near Kharkiv, whereas policemen, prison guards, gendarmes, and intelligence and counter-intelligence officers were placed in Ostashkov near Kalinin. The conditions in the camps were harsh: prisoners were crowded in cramped buildings and were badly nourished. Moreover, they were overcome by depression because of the defeat they suffered. However, the shock caused by the disaster in their country passed quickly. The prisoners integrated, patriotic moods ...

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