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Helena Modrzejewska
20 Złotych


Edition Metal Stamp Diameter Weight Mintage BU Unc XF VF FF
2019 MW Ag 925 Proof ↑↑ ø 40 mm 28.28 g 16 000 - - - - -
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Obverse Helena Modrzejewska 20 Złotych 2019
Reverse Helena Modrzejewska 20 Złotych 2019
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Issuer Narodowy Bank Polski
Coin type Collector's
Shape Rectangle
Denomination & currency 20 Złotych
20.00 PLN
Design Anna Wątróbska-Wdowiarska
Edition details
Year of the edition 2019
Year on Coin 2019
Edition date 2019-06-11
Edition price -
Mint Mennica Polska SA (Warszawa)
Privy mark MW
Mintage 16 000
Physical characteristics
Stamp Proof
Medal alignment
Metal Silver (Ag 925)
Diameter ø 40 mm
Weight 28.28 g
Border Plain
Rim Upset
Additional decorations Ceramics
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Sample graph - Fryderyk Chopin, 50 Złotych, 1972
Helena Modrzejewska (1840-1909) was a remarkable actress, a great legend of the Polish theatre and a star of two continents. She was famous for her beauty, talent and generosity. Not only was she an extraordinary artist, but also an ardent patriot and philanthropist. Modrzejewska was born in Kraków gossip had it that her father was Duke Eustachy Sanguszko. She made her debut thanks to the recommendation of actor Gustaw Zimajer, who enabled her to make a debut appearance in 1861 in Bochnia. He was soon to become the father of her children (their daughter died tragically in childhood, and their son Rudolf - also known as Ralf Modjeski - became an acclaimed American bridge constructor). After four years of acting in provincial theatres, Modrzejewska ran away from Zimajer, and from 1865 was a successful actress in the Kraków theatre. In 1868-1876 she performed in Warsaw, where she quickly rose to stardom. Together with her husband, Count Karol Chłapowski, she moved to America. As Helena Modjeska, she acted in many American theatres, giving triumphant artistic tours. However, she did not forget her home country and travelled every year to give guest performances - usually to Lvov and her native Kraków, where she became engaged in raising money for the construction of a new theatre (currently the Juliusz Słowacki Theatre). Later on, she performed on this stage on many occasions, enthralling the audience with her famous roles, e.g. the Shakespearean Lady Macbeth, Maria in Warszawianka by Wyspiański, Maria Stuart by Słowacki according to Schiller and The Lady of the Camellias by Dumas. Modrzejewska gave her last performances in Poland in Kraków in 1903. She died at her mansion in California and was buried at the Rakowicki Cemetery in Kraków. Diana Poskuta-Włodek
The obverse shows a fragment of the stage curtain designed by Henryk Siemiradzki from the Juliusz Słowacki Theatre in Kraków, depicting a group of Inspiration, Beauty and Truth, Tragedy (in a black robe), Comedy (with an antique mask in her hand), and Jester playing with puppets.
The reverse of the coin features an image of Helena Modrzejewska from a portrait by Frank Fowler from 1884 on the left - the actress’s autograph, in the bottom right corner - her colourful stage fan. Send an email
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