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Ad from my UK newspaper today : not worth a zloty

plg 17 | 263
3 Jun 2012 #1
Euro 2012 fans in Poland are to be given guides identifying out-of-date bank notes that conmen are expected to flood the country with during the tournament.

Polish banks - which have produced half a million leaflets - say they expect drunken fans to be targeted by crooks palming them off with worthless zloty.

News to me. What does the newspaper mean out-of-date zlotys. I new there was an old zloty which has been replaced by a new zloty.

But that was years ago.

I am going to Warsaw for the Euros. If i go to a kantor then i should be fine?
And i dont intend to be drunk either.

Anyone else with info on this?
strzyga 2 | 993
3 Jun 2012 #2
If i go to a kantor then i should be fine?

Kantors are fine, they're not going to risk their licence to cheat you on a 100 euro.
You'll be fine too as long as you use kantors, ATMs and banks. The warning is directed to people who might want to change money in a street outside of a bar when they get short of cash for another drink.
OP plg 17 | 263
3 Jun 2012 #3
Ok cheers.

But what exactly are the conmen doing?

Are they using old zlotys?

Surely they will look totally different?

Are the old zlotys not from the 90's
strzyga 2 | 993
3 Jun 2012 #4
They could use the pre-1995 banknotes which are no longer valid. In 1995 the currency was denominated by 1:10 000 ratio (10 000 old złotys = 1 PLN, or new złoty), and new banknotes came into use.

The current banknotes:

Anything other than these is a scam.
Bartolome 2 | 1,085
3 Jun 2012 #5
Polish bank notes:

Polish coins:

Poland coins

- all bank notes and coins MUST have an eagle with a crown - old PRL ones had an eagle without a crown
- no coins in current circulation are made of pure aluminium or silver or have a nominal higher than 5 zł (coins with higher nominals are only struck in silver or gold for collectors/investors and nobody sane would use them to pay in everyday transactions, since the intrinsic value of precious metal they're made of is much higher).

I read of someone tricking a shop assistant into accepting this 30 lat prl silver coin here - its nominal is 200 _old_ złotych, its (numismatic) value is about 35 new zł.
Grzegorz_ 51 | 6,149
3 Jun 2012 #6
Surely they will look totally different?

Sure but a drunk guy, who came to Poland several hours before may not be aware that something is wrong.

But that was years ago.

Yes people still have a lot of old banknotes, I personally have at least a thousand of them.
strzyga 2 | 993
3 Jun 2012 #7
And here you can see the pre-1995 money:
wawa_marek 1 | 129
3 Jun 2012 #8
And here you can see the pre-1995 money:

This was my favourite:
InWroclaw 89 | 1,911
5 Jun 2012 #9
Checking Polish money is not counterfeit

Just found this on the Bank of Poland's website in English - good for visitors for Euro 2012 as gives some guidance on how to detect and avoid fake banknotes.

Downloadable PDF

Some of the advice from the PDF:-

Check all security features to make sure
that the banknote is genuine

10 zloty and 20 zloty notes
¥ Feel the printed elements that can be identified by touch
¥ Look at the watermark and check its authenticity, look for
the security thread with micro lettering and the perfect matching
of elements complementing each other on the front and the
reverse side of the banknote.

An attempt to pay with a counterfeit banknote is a criminal offense.

Counterfeit banknotes are seized without compensation (Article 35 of the Act on National
Bank of Poland (Dziennik Ustaw 97.140.938 as amended), Regulation of the President of
the NBP on seizure of counterfeit notes and coins (Monitor Polski 89.32.255 as amended).

OP plg 17 | 263
6 Jun 2012 #10
ok thanks for the all the information.

one more question.

i have been to poland a few times now and cannot remember too much about the money exactly.

Is a 200 zloty note the highest value????

doesnt seem much for your countrys highest valued note

it is £100 in the uk which would be the equivalent of 600 zloty

cheers again
Wroclaw 44 | 5,379
6 Jun 2012 #11
Is a 200 zloty note the highest value????

yes, but try to avoid them. shops never seem to have change when they are proffered
Vincent 9 | 892
6 Jun 2012 #12
it is £100 in the uk

As far as I know only Scotland has a £100 note in circulation. The highest in the rest of the UK is £50.
delphiandomine 88 | 18,163
25 Jan 2021 #13
Nitpicking Vincent, but the Bank of Ireland, First Trust Bank and Dansk Bank all issue £100 notes as well.

I was never particularly keen on them, though. I once got paid for a summer of work in them, and it was a nightmare to break them.

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