Polish August of 1980 [2]

Polish August of 1980

Subject: no
Face value: 2 pln
Alloy: (CuAl5Zn5Sn1) NG
Diameter: 27 mm
Weight: 8.15 g
Finish: standard
Mintage: 1400000 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: 2010-08-27
Issue price: 2 pln
Puzzle pieces, constituting a fragment of stylised inscription: SOLIDARNOŚĆ (Solidarity). On the right-hand side at the bottom, inscription: 80. At the top, semicircular inscription: POLSKI SIERPIEŃ (Polish August).

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, 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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Polish August of 1980

In the mid-70s, the crisis of the command and control economy (a permanent ailment of Real Socialism) aggravated in the People’s Republic of Poland. Edward Gierek’s weakening team, despite intensive efforts by the Ministry of Internal Affairs and its leadership, could not prevent the sprouting of new opposition groups which took place in the years 1976–1980. These groups published clandestine press and books, managing to get their message heard not only amongst the educated classes, but also amongst workers (the Free Trade Unions).

The election of Karol Wojtyła as Pope (16 October 1978) and his first pilgrimage to Poland (June 1979) had a tremendous impact on Poles’ social awareness, increasing the nation’s resistance to communism. The government’s ...

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