Recently, the president of the National Bank of Poland (NBP), Adam Glapiński, said that the central bank is considering the issue of banknotes with a nominal value of up to PLN 1,000. The institution is not yet working on such a banknote, but its appearance in circulation is a matter of several years. This was confirmed by Krzysztof Kowalczyk, deputy of the NBP Treasury and Issue Department.
1000 zloty banknote
– I think that the next president, and I hope in the next term, but every president who comes will introduce a 1000 zloty note at some point – Glapiński said during a recent press conference.
Now the topic has returned in the words of Krzysztof Kowalczyk, deputy of the NBP Treasury and Issuance Department.
– This announcement should be treated as an intention to examine the advisability of justifying the introduction of such a banknote into circulation. The next term of the NBP president is in the years 2022-2028, so we still have a lot of time. (…) We are not working on this project yet, but sometime around 2025 or 2026 there is a possibility that such a denomination will appear in circulation – said Kowalczyk yesterday on Polish Radio 24.- Designing a banknote itself is not a simple undertaking. You need to define its physical characteristics – our series of banknotes “Sovereigns of Poland” has strict rules for determining the size, the length is twice their width, and the length of each banknote increases by 6 mm and the width by 3 mm. If we kept this rule, it would be easy to calculate the size of the new banknote, but please note that already PLN 500 is quite a large banknote. You have to consider whether the 1000 zloty banknote will not be too large, but this decision is still ahead of us – added.
Then he continued the topic of the technology of making a potential banknote.
– We have paper substrates, polymers and hybrids, i.e. combinations of paper and plastic, at our disposal. All Polish banknotes, with the exception of one collector’s banknote, are printed on a paper backing and we believe that it should remain so – He said.
Which king deserved a new banknote?
The deputy of the NBP Treasury and Issue Department also mentioned which king will appear on the new banknote. Let us remind you that there is a portrait of Jan III Sobieski for PLN 500. If the NBP wants to follow this chronological logic (PLN 10 – Mieszko I, PLN 20 – Bolesław the Brave, PLN 50 – Casimir the Great, PLN 100 – Władysław Jagiełło, PLN 200 – Zygmunt the Old), the choice is not impressive (especially in terms of the popularity of the rulers) . There remain: August Mocny, Stanisław Leszczyński, August III the Saxon and Stanisław August Poniatowski.
– We currently have a series of banknotes “Polish rulers” and you would certainly have to look for a figure worthy of honor among this group in order not to break a certain logic of the series. In Poland, we are used to the fact that there are known figures on banknotes, but this is not the case everywhere – said the official, citing examples of the euro area (architecture) or African countries (animals, fruit).
Interestingly, he added that expense production of one banknote by the NBP “Usually does not exceed 50 cents”.