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Poland 2008 Jamestown Virginia - 400th Anniversary of the First Polish Immigrant Settlement in North America 2 Zlote Nordic Gold Proof-Like BU

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Celebrate the arrival of the Polish in North America 400 years ago, at the Jamestown, Virginia colony!

This important coin commemorates the 400th anniversary of the first Polish settlers in North America. The first Poles in North America came to the Jamestown Settlement in the Virginia Colony in 1608, twelve years before the Pilgrims arrived in Massachusetts. These early settlers were brought as skilled artisans by the English soldier-adventurer Captain John Smith, and Immigrants from Poland, including these farmers, came to America to seek a better way of life and freedom.included a glass blower, a pitch and tar maker, a soap maker and a lumberjack. Scenes of these skilled tradesmen can be seen in different vignettes on all three coins in this program. What's more, the theme of glassblowing is creatively echoed in the glass insert (hand-blown in Poland) of the 10 Zlotych Silver Coin.

Poles have always formed an integral and important part of the fabric of the United States of America. Like many other immigrant groups, Poles came to America to seek a better way of life, and in many cases that life included a freedom they were denied in their homeland. As the State of Poland entirely lost its independence at the end of the 18th century due to military partitions by foreign powers, Polish patriots, among them Count Kazimierz (or Casimir) Pulaski and Tadeusz Kosciuszko, left for America to fight for American Independence.

Kazimierz Pulaski was recruited by the Marquis de Lafayette and served as Brigadier General in the Continental Army, commanding its cavalry and serving with distinction. He saved General George Washington's army at the Battle of Brandywine, defended during the siege of Charleston by the British and led a cavalry charge at the Battle of Savannah, during which he was mortally wounded. Pulaski later become known as the "father of American cavalry".

A portrait of Count and Polish-Amerian Brigadier General Kazimierz (Casimir) PulaskiKosciuszko was a professional military officer who served in the Continental Army in 1776 and was instrumental in the victories at the Battle of Saratoga and West Point. He led the failed Polish insurrection against Russia which ended with the Partition of Poland in 1795. Pulaski and Kosciuszko both have statues in Washington, D.C.

It is estimated that today there are over 10 million Americans of Polish blood, and it is said that there are as many Polish-Americans in Chicagoland (greater Chicago area) as there are native Poles in Warsaw! Modern day Polish Americans of some fame include Martha Stewart, quarterback Dan Marino, jazz drummer Gene Krupa, Pat Sajak of Wheel of Fortune, and Steve Wozniak, co-founder of Apple Computers.

This important commemorative program from the Mint of Poland includes an extremely affordable 2 Zlote Nordic Gold coin, a very affordable and beautiful 10 Zlotych silver coin set with a glass insert, and a low-mintage 100 Zlotych gold proof. All three coins feature different but related designs.

  •  2 Zloty Nordic Gold Brilliant Uncirculated
  •  10 Zlotych Silver with Glass Insert and Antique Finish
  •  100 Zlotych Gold Proof

Click here for all of the coins in the Polish at Jamestown program!

Obverse

A Polish artisan blows glass at the Jamestown colony. The legend 400. ROCZNICA POLSKIEGO OSADNICTWA W AMERYCE POLNOCNEJ  translates  as "400 Years of Polish Settlement in North America".

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

NBP (for "National Bank of Poland") is repeated eight times around the edge, each time rotated 180 degrees from the previous "NBP".

Specifications
Country Poland
Year of Issue 2008
Issuing Authority National Bank of Poland
   
Face Value 2 Zl
Weight 8.15 g
Diameter 27.00 mm
Mintage Limit 1,200,000
   
Finish Proof-Like Brilliant Uncirculated
Composition Nordic Gold, a four-metal alloy composed of copper, aluminum, tin and zinc, that looks like real gold and does not tarnish
Edge Lettered. "NBP" (for “National Bank of Poland”) is repeated eight times around the edge, each time rotated 180 degrees from the previous “NBP”.

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