The Croatian History Museum’s Numismatic Collection emerged relatively late, only in the latter half of the twentieth century. The number of exponents in the Collection is 3,066. It was formed mainly thanks to donations made by both individuals and institutions.
The Collection contains both coins and paper currency, “necessity money” (Notgeld), tokens and bonds. Most of its exponents are coins and paper currency issued by the states of which today’s Republic of Croatia was a member in the twentieth century (the Austro-Hungarian Empire, the State of Slovenes, Croats and Serbs, the Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes, the Kingdom of Yugoslavia, the Independent State of Croatia, and the Federal People’s Republic of Yugoslavia and the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia).
A smaller portion of the exponents are coins from Antiquity, the Middle Ages and the Early Modern era and coins and paper currency from various European states. These items date from Antiquity to the twentieth century.
They are often put on display in historical exhibitions, and they reflect social circumstances in specific historical periods.
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