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Exhibition

The exhibition of the Money Museum titled From Perper to Euro contains valuable and rare specimens of different denominations from various periods of Montenegrin turbulent history. The exhibition also gives room to the attempted minting of an authentic Montenegrin money-perun, designed by the Bishop Petar II Petrović Njegoš, which was never minted due to the death of this great ruler of Montenegro. The Money Museum in Cetinje also displays copies of perun which were minted in 2009 on the occasion of the 150th anniversary of the printing of the Mountain Wreath.

Introduction to the exhibition is an overview of the Austrian coins, krone, which was the official currency in Montenegro until the national currency was established.

The first national money-perper was in circulation from 1906 to 1916, and the exhibition includes denominations from all issues. It was minted in copper, nickel, silver, and gold.

It was printed in 1912 and 1914 in several issues and series, firstly in Prague, then Cetinje, and finally in Paris. 

Visitors can see stamped perpers from the time of the Austro-Hungarian occupation of Montenegro in 1916, as well as occupational perpers that were issued by the Austro-Hungarian military authorities in 1917. 

The exhibition of the Museum boasts dinars from the period of the Kingdom of Serbs, Croats, and Slovenes, the Kingdom of Yugoslavia, as well as denominations of dinars used during and after the Second World War on the territory of Montenegro as a member of DFY, FPRY, SFRY, FRY, and Serbia and Montenegro, until 1999. 

Montenegro gained monetary independence by firstly introducing the Deutsche mark, and later the single European currency - euro.


   
Money Museum owns commemorative collections of coins from the time of former Yugoslavia. Collections were minted on the occasion of important social, cultural, sporting and other events. The emphasis is placed on the gold and silver coins from AVNOJ 1968 edition, collection dedicated to the 9th Summit of Non-Aligned, gold coins St. Basil, Chilandar, Nikola Tesla, Oktoih and Njegoš.

In 1989, People's Republic of Montenegro minted the collection of perpers dedicated to the burial of mortal remains of King Nikola I and Queen Milena.

The Central Bank of Montenegro also minted commemorative collections - to mark the anniversary of the Central Bank of Montenegro (2002) and to mark the jubilee of Centenary of Montenegrin Coins (2006).

The exhibits also include a special showpiece – minting machine from 1849, used for minting the first Montenegrin money, perper. This machine was obtained from the Money mint in Vienna in 2006, and was completely repaired and functional, so it is it possible to mint metal denominations for commercial purposes.

 

 

 

 

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