Jan Karski [10]

Centenary of the birth of Jan Karski

Subject: no
Face value: 10 pln
Alloy: 925/1000 Ag
Diameter: 32 mm
Weight: 14.14 g
Finish: proof
Mintage: 30000 pcs
On the edge: smooth
Additional: microprint
Date of issue: 2014-04-24
Issue price: 97 pln
In the central part of the coin – an image of a key referring to a hollow key in which Jan Karski smuggled micro movies with reports on Jews’ situation in Poland. On a mirror-like surface of the key – an inscription made in micro printing. Below – a signature of Jan Karski.

Designer: Sebastian Mikołajczak
An image of the white eagle from the coat of arms of the Republic of Poland. Above – the year of issue: 2014. Below – the name of the issuing country: RZECZPOSPOLITA POLSKA (Republic of Poland) and the face value: 10 zł.

Designer: Sebastian Mikołajczak

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Jan Karski (1914–2000)

Jan Kozielewski went down in history under the alias of Jan Karski. He was a talented son of a craftsman from Łódź, member of the Sodality of Our Lady. He graduated from the Faculty of Law and Diplomacy at the Jan Kazimierz University in Lvov. After the outbreak of World War II he was first in Soviet and later in German captivity. He managed to escape from both and at the end of 1939 he went underground. Due to his knowledge of foreign languages, physical fitness and qualifications he was entrusted with the role of emissary of the Polish Underground State.

During one of the missions, Karski was captured by the Gestapo in Slovakia but was rescued by members of the underground when staying in hospital in Nowy Sącz. In autumn 1942, Karski entered ...

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