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Poland 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics 2 Zlote Rowing Nordic Gold Proof-Like BU

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This ingenious Olympic issue replicates a Chinese square-hole coin and depicts the sport of rowing!

Sold out at the Mint! The mint of Poland has released a special, four coin program to commemorate Polish participation at the 2008 Summer Olympiad. Each of the four coins depicts a popular summer Olympic sport, including rowing, swimming and water polo, windsurfing, and The Polish Men's Quadruple Sculls rowing team won the gold medal at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beiing, Chinapole vaulting. The 2008 Summer Olympics are being held in Beijing. The capital city of China, Beijing is also known as Pekin (in Polish), and was formerly called Peking in English.

The Olympics always seem to stir up major controversies, and the Beijing Olympics had more than their fair share of them: lip-syncing prepubescents, the manhandling of foreign journalists, CGI fireworks, Tibetan and religious protesters, the stabbing death of an American citizen, and the underage, prepubescent Chinese "women's" gymnastic team, to name a just a few. Still, the Chinese spent a lot of money to show the world how prosperous and advanced their version of civilization is, so human rights violations aside, things could have gone a whole lot worse.

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Poland at the Olympics

The Polish Olympic Committee was created in 1918, and recognized by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) in 1919. Poland first participated at the Paris Summer Olympic Games in 1924, and has sent athletes to compete in every Summer Olympics since then, except for the 1984 Los Angeles Games, when they participated in the Soviet-led boycott of the 1984 Summer Olympics. Poland has also participated in every Winter Olympic Games. Polish athletes have won a total of 261 medals, with track and field their most successful sport.

Overall results for Poland in 2008 were nearly identical to the 2004 Athens Summer Olympics, with ten medals total won, including three gold medals, by:
    Tomasz Majewski, in Men's Shot Put
    The four man Polish team, in the Men's Quadruple Sculls Rowing (pictured above)
    Leszek Blanik, in Men's Gymnastic Vault

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A men's double sculls rowing team.The ingenious design of the obverse replicates the style of a Chinese square-hole cash coin, with the Polish Olympic Committee logo, including the five Olympic rings, in the center of the hole. Above, stylized waves as taken from a Chinese painting while below a pair of rowers compete in the men's double sculls Olympic event. The Polish legends POLSKA REPREZENTACJA OLIMPIJSKA and PEKIN 2008 translate as “Polish Olympic Representation” and  "Beijing 2008” respectively.

The crowned white eagle, the national emblem of Poland, with the year of issue, the denomination and the legend RZECZPOSPOLITA POLSKA ("Republic of Poland").

Country Poland
Year of Issue 2008
Issuing Authority   National Bank of Poland
Face Value 2 Zloty
Weight 8.15 g
Diameter 27.00 mm
Mintage Limit 2,000,000
Finish Proof-Like Brilliant Uncirculated (BU)
Composition Nordic Gold, a four metal alloy consisting of copper, aluminum, tin and zinc, that looks like real gold and does not tarnish easily
Edge Lettered. "NBP" (for “National Bank of Poland") repeated eight times around the edge, each time rotated 180 degrees from the previous “NBP”.

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