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Poland 2007 Joseph Conrad (Konrad Korzeniowski) & Sailing Ship Otago 10 Zlotych Silver Proof with Hologram

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Celebrate the adventurous life of one of the world's greatest authors on Poland's second hologram coin!

Sold out at the Mint!This new program by the mint of Poland commemorates the 150th anniversary of the birth of literary giant Joseph Conrad. Born Józef Teodor Konrad Korzeniowski in 1857, Conrad was the scion of a noble but impoverished Polish family. His father, one of the leaders of the January Uprising of 1863-64, encouraged the young Joseph to read extensively in both Polish and French, setting the stage for his later literary career. By age eleven Conrad was an orphan living in Cracow with his uncle, but he sought wider horizons. At sixteen he became an able seaman in the French port of Marseilles, embarking on his nautical career.

Otago.jpgThis great, three coin program includes an extremely affordable 2 Zlote Nordic Gold coin, a 10 Zlotych silver proof with a hologram (Poland's second hologram coin ever!), and a low-mintage 200 Zlotych gold proof. All three coins have different designs, but all three feature a portrait of Conrad as well as a depiction of his sailing ship Otago.

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A Seafaring Life
Conrad lived an adventurous life. He survived a failed suicide attempt and was involved in both gunrunning and political conspiracy. It was at sea that Conrad accumulated the experiences that he would later shape into his stories. He spent sixteen years on merchant vessels, and was a master mariner. While at sea he learned English fluently by the age of 21, even though it was his third language. Conrad eventually earned the rank of captain, becoming master of the three-masted barque Otago, which he sailed to Mauritius in 1888. The Otago is the ship depicted on all three coins in this program.

Joseph_Conrad_Monument_Gdynia.jpgConrad became a British subject and changed his name to the Anglicized form of Jozef Konrad by which he is known the world over. In 1894 he reluctantly gave up his seafaring life, after fever and dysentery had laid him low in the Belgian Congo. Although Conrad was already 36 years old, he decided to pursue a literary career (in English, at that!), and the rest is history. He died at the age of 66 in 1924 of a heart attack. Poland commemorates its native son not only with this coin program, but also with a huge monument, shaped simultaneously like an anchor and the prow of a ship, in the port city of Gdynia on the Baltic coast of Poland.

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Conrad’s Literary Works
Conrad is considered one of the greatest prose writers in the English language, and the greatest novelist of the late Victorian and Edwardian eras. Writing during the height of the British Empire, he drew upon his experiences at sea, in first the French, and later the British, Merchant Marine, to craft novels and short stories that reflected aspects of a far-flung colonial empire while also plumbing the depths of the human soul. His best known works include:

Joseph_Conrad.jpgThe Nigger of the ‘Narcissus’: A Tale of the Sea (1897), which set the tone and style of Conrad’s most significant works, a tone that is often considered the literary equivalent of painting’s impressionism.

Heart of Darkness (1899), famously adapted for film as Apocalypse Now by Oscar-winner Francis Ford Coppola.

Lord Jim (1900), remarkable for its complex structure, multiple points of view, and events described out of chronological order, all of which underscore its modern nature. Lord Jim has been adapted for film twice, the second time in 1965 starring Peter O’Toole as the title character.

Nostromo (1904), a dense novel about human nature, which gave its name (and the name of its setting, the mining town of Sulaco) to two of the spacecraft in the Alien movie series.

The Secret Agent (1907), one of the first modern works to deal with the topics of terrorism, bombing and espionage. It was adapted for the screen as Sabotage by Alfred Hitchcock in 1936.

Conrad’s influence can be found in the writings of any number of modern literary greats, including Ernest Hemingway, D. H. Lawrence, Graham Greene, William S. Burroughs, Joseph Heller, and V.S. Naipaul.

Technology Note
This is only Poland's second-ever hologram coin! The ever-changing colors of the reflection of the barque Otagoin the water shimmer and scintillate as you tilt the coin from side to side, resulting in a wondrous rainbow of colors that simulates the reflections off the waves on a calm summer day! A two dimensional image on a computer screen cannot do justice to the fascinating, interactive nature of the hologram image when held in your hand!

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Obverse
Poland_2007_Conrad_10Zl_Inbox.jpgA frosted cameo depiction of Conrad's ship Otago on a glass-like sea which reflects its image in the form of a hologram. The clouds above and the ripples below frame the scene. There are no legends to detract from the beautiful scene on this side.

Reverse
A realistic portrait of Joseph Conrad turned 1/2 right above a reproduction of his famous signature. Conrad's name in Polish, KONRAD KORZENIOWSKI, and the dates of his birth and death, 1857-1924, are indicated. The crowned white eagle, the national emblem of Poland, with the year of issue, the denomination and the legend RZECZPOSPOLITA POLSKA ("Republic of Poland") also appear.

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Packaging

Each coin is encapsulated inside a burgundy leatherette, clamshell-style presentation case, lined with black velvet. A certificate of authenticity is included.

Specifications
Country Poland
Year of Issue 2007
Issuing Authority National Bank of Poland
   
Face Value 10 Zl
Weight 14.14 g
Diameter 32.00 mm
Mintage Limit 59,000
   
Finish Proof with Hologram
Composition .925 Fine (Sterling) Silver
Edge Plain
Packaging Encapsulated

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