The złoty is the official currency of Poland. The name is derived from the Polish adjective “golden”. The official currency symbol: zł. The złoty (golden) in Poland dated back to the midden ages, from the 14th and 15th centuries when the name was used for all foreign gold coins used in Poland. In 1496, the Sejm (Sejm of the Republic of Poland) approved creating a national currency known as the first złoty. A second złoty was introduced in 1924, replacing the marka (currency of the Kingdom of Poland and the Republic of Poland between 1917 and 1924). In 1939, the government introduced banknotes in denominations of 1, 2, 5, 10, 20, 50, 100 and 500 złoty. After German established the General Government and the Communist Poland periods, a third złoty (PLZ) was introduced, replacing all the notes issued before 1948; from there, the banknotes issued were a stable version. The banknotes issued in these third series were redenominated at a rate of 10,000 PLZ to a 1 PLN (new złoty), and all the legal tenders previously emitted as PLZ denominations were exchangeable into the PLN until the date of each value’s withdrawal. After 31 December 2010. Currently are circulating banknotes in denominations of 10, 20, 50, 100, 200, 500 złoty.
The 200 złotych note front design features the portrait of King Sigismund I the Old (1467 – 1548), who was King of Poland and Grand Duke of Lithuania from 1506 to 1548, in a decorative medallion, followed by the illustration of the crowned eagle (Emblem of the Polish Republic) at the upper-right corner. The design is completed with a crowned capital letter S and a drawing of the crown in an oval; the front of the banknote’s general background presents a mesh of crisscrossed lines. The reverse of the note presents the White Eagle with an interwoven capital letter S, which is inspired from the Sigismund Chapel of Wawel Cathedral; on a background illustrates the Wawel’s court, located in Kraków. The lettering of the note is presented in the Polish language. This note is part of the 2015 series, and its color is brown and yellow on a multicolor underprint.
Text: 200, DWIEŚCIE ZŁOTYCH, NARODOWY BANK POLSKI, WARSZAWA 05 STYCZNIA 2015 r. PREZES, GŁÓWNY SKARBNIK, ZYGMUNT I STARY, DEL A. HELDRICH SC L. MOORE, NARODOWY BANK POLSKI 200, BANKNOTY EMITOWANE PRZEZ NARODOWY BANK POLSKI SĄ PRAWNYM ŚRODKIEM PŁATNICZYM W POLSCE, DWIEŚCIE ZŁOTYCH, NBP.