Auschwitz-Birkenau [10]

65th anniversary of liberation of KL Auschwitz-Birkenau

Subject: no
Face value: 10 pln
Alloy: 925/1000 Ag
Diameter: 32 mm
Weight: 14.14 g
Finish: proof
Mintage: 80000 pcs
On the edge: smooth
Additional: no
Date of issue: 2010-01-22
Issue price: 85 pln
In the centre an image of the bust of Witold Pilecki, in striped prison uniform, against the background of a stylized image of the fence of the concentration camp and a fragment of a watchtower. On the left an inscription: WITOLD/PILECKI. At the bottom an inscription: KL Auschwitz/4859. In the rim an inscription: TWÓRCA ZWIĄZKU ORGANIZACJI WOJSKOWEJ /the founder of the Union of Military Organization/.

Designer: Robert Kotowicz
At the top a stylized image of the inscription over the entrance gate to the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp: ARBEIT MACHT FREI /work makes you free/. Below, against the background of the camp buildings, a stylized image of a fragment of a fence post and barbed wire. On the right hand side the image of the Eagle, established as the state emblem of the Republic of Poland. Under the Eagle, the notation of the year of issue: 2010. Below an inscription: ZŁ10. On the left side, an inscription: 65./ROCZNICA /65th anniversary/. In the rim inscriptions: OSWOBODZENIA KL AUSCHWITZ-/BIRKENAU /of the liberation of KL Auschwitz- Birkenau/ and in the opposite direction: RZECZPOSPOLITA POLSKA /Republic of Poland/. The Mint's mark: M/W, under the Eagle's left leg.

Designer: Robert Kotowicz

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KL Auschwitz-Birkenau

Auschwitz-Birkenau, German Nazi concentration and extermination camp was liberated on 27 January 1945 by the soldiers of the Red Army. The fighting for the liberation of the town of Oświęcim and the nearby camp took the lives of more than 230 Soviet soldiers. The Auschwitz (Polish name: Oświęcim) concentration camp was established in mid-1940 as the number of detained Poles in Germanoccupied country kept rising. The oldest part of the camp, the so-called mother camp (Auschwitz I) was established at the site of old military barracks.

In the autumn of 1941 in the nearby Birkenau (Brzezinka) village, the Germans started the construction of the second part of the camp. It was called Auschwitz II (or Birkenau). At a given point in time it accommodated ...

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