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Modern European coins except the euro => Central and Eastern Europe => Central Europe => Topic started by: chrisild on August 19, 2009, 12:07:38 PM

Title: The end of the Litzmannstadt (Lodz) ghetto
Post by: chrisild on August 19, 2009, 12:07:38 PM
The Polish Mint has just issued two coins commemorating the 65th anniversary of the end of the Litzmannstadt ghetto. One is a Nordic Gold (base metal) 2 zl coin, the other one is a 20 zl silver piece. Some background info about the ghetto is here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ghetto_Litzmannstadt

(http://www.nbp.pl/banknoty_i_monety/monety_okolicznosciowe/2009/2009_09___65_rocznica_likwidacji_getta_w_lodzi_2zl_rewers.gif)

The 2 zl coin (above) depicts a drawing that young Abraham Koplowicz made, a boy who lived in the ghetto and was later killed in a gas chamber. This drawing is also the logo of the commemorative activities these days. More info about what it depicts: http://www.ghetto.lodz.pl/index.php/en/commemoration-logo (and you may want to browse the site from there). The other side is the default obverse of those 2 zl commems. Mintage 1 million, available at face.

The 20 zl coin (below) shows a combination of a tree and the Star of David, and barbed wire. On the other side, a young tree is growing from the ruins. Mintage 50,000 (proof only, I think).

(http://www.nbp.pl/banknoty_i_monety/monety_okolicznosciowe/2009/2009_09___65_rocznica_likwidacji_getta_w_lodzi_20zl_awers.gif) (http://www.nbp.pl/banknoty_i_monety/monety_okolicznosciowe/2009/2009_09___65_rocznica_likwidacji_getta_w_lodzi_20zl_rewers.gif)

The ghetto (or "Getto" in German) had special coins and notes, in order to make trading more difficult for the Jewish population and more easily controllable by the German authorities. Here is a coin from those times. However, there are quite a few fakes and fantasy varieties around.

(http://www.ma-shops.de/franquinet/pic/JL04-1-8.jpg)

Christian
Title: Re: The end of the Litzmannstadt (Lodz) ghetto
Post by: RVCOINS on August 19, 2009, 12:21:20 PM
The pfennig pieces are very rare. The above coin you will find for an acceptable price.

RVCOINS