Top-se­cret Cold War-era ban­knotes shown to public

The Myanmar Times - - World -

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. –

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