Proof with selective gilding and oxidation.
Description of obverse and reverse
On the obverse and the reverse of the new square coin is presented the image of 5 złoty regular coin.
Obverse: The obverse carries the image of the Royal Castle and the figure of Minerva, presented as the guardian of crafts, taken from the royal medal which was minted in1766 to commemorate the monetary reform and the establishment of the Warsaw Mint.
Reverse: The reverse depicts the bust of King Stanisław August Poniatowski engraved by J. F. Holzhausser, often appearing on the coins and medals of that period. The coin also carries the image of the basic minting machine of the Stanislavian era, known as the „balancier” press. The image is complemented by the maxim Pro fide, grege et lege (For the Faith, the People and the Law), which appeared on a medal praising the reinstatementof the Order of the White Eagle by the king.
A brief annotation
The coin commemorates the 250th anniversary of the establishment of the Warsaw Mint - the predecessor of the Mint of Poland that was and still is a producer of Polish circulation and collector coins. In order to underline this fact, the image of circulation (regular) 5 zł coin has been incorporated into the image of the collector coin. The selection of symbols and historical references, as well as the incorporation of the modern coin in the design, perfectly emphasizes the continuity of the history of Poland’s coinage.