The Mint of Poland is celebrating the 200th Anniversary of the Warsaw University of Life Sciences(SGGW) by issuing two new commemorative coins.
The university was first founded in 1816 as the School of Agronomy, and could accommodate 100 students at the time. Today the University has grown to thirteen faculties that educate 25 000 students. The University focuses it's efforts on agricultural studies and some of the courses include : Bioengineering of animals, Biotechnology, Architecture, Dietetics, Breeding and protection of domesticated and wild animals, Sociology and Agricultural and forestry practice amongst many others.
The first coin to celebrate the institution's bi-centenary is a 1/2oz gold 200 Zloty coin struck from .900 Fineness gold. The 27 mm gold coin features on its reverse the Coat of Arms of the Warsaw University of Life Sciences in the foreground. The emblem depicts a white crowned eagle with outstretched wings facing left, it holds an olive twig in it's left talon and a palm tree leaf in the right. The olive twig symbolizes wisdom while the palm frond symbolizes reward. The eagle is surrounded by three stars on all sides. These symbolize the three oldest departments of the university: Agriculture, Forestry and Horticulture. In the background can be seen the facade of Ursynów Palace which houses the administrative department of the university.
The obverse of the coin mirrors the reverse with stylized grain stalks arranged in the shape of Ursynów Palace at the top. The national Coat of Arms of Poland appears in the foreground, with the denomination just above it, 200ZŁ. The legend appears at the bottom of the coin and reads : “RZECZPOSPOLITA POLSKA”(Republic of Poland) while the date, 2016, appears on top.
The gold 200 Zloty coin has a total weight of 15.5grams and will have a maximum mintage of 2000 coins. The coin is issued with a certificate of authenticity in a black display box.
The second coin is a 32mm sterling silver 10 Zloty coin. The reverse design of the 14.14gram coin features the bi-centennial logo of the Warsaw University of Life Sciences to the right with five rings radiating out from it. In the background are two buildings commonly associated with the university. The administrative seat of the institution, Ursynów Palace, is depicted to the top right. While at the bottom the SGGW building next to Rakowiecka street is illustrated.
The obverse again mimics the five expanding rings of the reverse, only this time the national Coat of Arms of Poland can be found at the center. The inscription of : “RZECZPOSPOLITA POLSKA”(Republic of Poland) is written to the left, while the date, 2016, appears to the right. The denomination of 10 ZŁ is at the bottom.
The silver 10 Zloty coin is struck from .925 Fineness silver and is issued with a certificate of authenticity in a grey display box with black lining. The proof coin has a maximum mintage of 20 000 coins.