Jan Karski [200]

Centenary of the birth of Jan Karski

Subject: no
Face value: 200 pln
Alloy: 900/1000 Au
Diameter: 27 mm
Weight: 15.5 g
Finish: proof
Mintage: 2500 pcs
On the edge: smooth
Additional: no
Date of issue: 2014-04-24
Issue price: 2400 pln
In the central part of the coin – an image of Jan Karski taken from a photo from the Carol Harrison’s collection. Below – quotation from Karski: „Byłem nikim, to moja misja była ważna.” (I was a nobody, it was my mission that was important). In the central part of the coin, on a horizontal bar which divides the coin into two parts – 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: 200 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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