Top-secret Cold War-era banknotes shown to public
BANKNOTES printed by the Warsaw Pact for use in case of a war with the West during the Cold War era were shown publicly in the Polish capital for the first time.
Code-named “E-17”, the crisp notes issued in the 1970s and classified as top secret until 2015 were kept locked in chests deep in the bowels of the central bank for decades.
“This is most likely the only series of its kind in Europe ... now shown to the world for the first time,” Piotr Woyciechowski, head of Poland’s PWPW national mint, told reporters on Aug 19.
He said there is reason to believe that in the event of war, the notes were intended for circulation in areas that could possibly be captured by Warsaw Pact signatories, which included Denmark, The Netherlands and Germany.
Emblazoned with the skylines of several Polish cities, they range in value from 1 to 2000 zloty (US$0.26 to $525) and will go on display next year. –