Katowice [2]


Subject: Cities in Poland
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: 2010-12-08
Issue price: 2 pln
At the bottom and on the left, an image of a view of the historical mining settlement Nikiszowiec in Katowice. In the background, an image of a minelift. On the right, an image of the monument to the Silesian Insurgents in Katowice. Above, a semicircular inscription: KATOWICE.

Designer: Roussanka Nowakowska
An image of the Eagle established as the state emblem of 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. Along the upper rim, an inscription: RZECZPOSPOLITA POLSKA, preceded and followed by six pearls. The mint’s mark: MW under the Eagle’s left leg.

Designer: Ewa Tyc-Karpińska

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Katowice, the capital of the Śląskie (Silesian) province, today is part of the largest Polish conurbation. Yet for the first five centuries of its history it was a typical Upper Silesian village. Only in the mid-1800s, when mining and metallurgy in the area had taken off, did it start rising in significance. The growth was as good as explosive, and in 1865 Katowice was granted town rights. World War I was another period of boom for the city’s industries – especially the steel and iron plants – fuelled by the favourable business conditions. The local population was not affected by military operations and turned up in great numbers for the three Silesian Uprisings (1919–1921) and the subsequent plebiscite action. As a result, Upper Silesia became part of ...

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