Collector banknotes are paper currency issued specifically with collectors and numismatists in mind. They are released on the occasion of important events or to commemorate outstanding personages and their role in the history of Poland and Poles.
Due to their specific character, collector banknotes differ from general circulation banknotes. The symbolism of the images of figures and events is richer, the composition and thematic details are different, as well as technical and graphic parameters, i.e. the number and form of security features, the colour scheme, the size and printing techniques.
The first Polish collector banknote was issued by Narodowy Bank Polski in 2006. It was a banknote with the face value of PLN 50, depicting Pope John Paul II.
Collector banknotes can be used on the same principles as the general circulation banknotes, i.e. they are legal tender in Poland. It is worth noting that numismatic items (collector coins and banknotes) are valued much higher in the collectors’ market than their face value. The holder of a collector banknote should be aware of the fact that paying with such a banknote may lead to a significant financial loss.
Collector banknotes are normally sold in protective paper and plastic holders, usually bearing information about a given issue.
The production of collector banknotes, in common with the general circulation notes, is commissioned by the NBP at the Polish Security Printing Works in Warsaw.