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Coins and Banknotes | Numismatics

Numismatic Collection

The numismatic collection of the National Bank of Serbia represents, by its contents and the number of items it contains, a significant collection of this kind in Serbia. It comprehensively covers the period from the beginning of the use of money in this territory, until the most recent monetary issues, and therefore it wonderfully illustrates economic and political trends in the country throughout history, whereas the artistic and documentary value of money speaks of its particular cultural importance. The collection is divided into several chronological segments (antique money, medieval money, the money of the new era, modern money). It also contains securities and medals.

Antique Money

Antički novac

 

  • Greek coins include the money of Greek towns and colonies, Macedonian money, and Illyrian coins minted under Greek influence. 

Tetradrachm of Alexander III of Macedon
Antički novac

 

  • Roman coins were minted during the Roman Republican period (2-1 century A.D) and Roman Imperial period (1-4 century A.D). Two mints were active in Serbia: Viminacium (Kostolac) and Sirmium (Sremska Mitrovica).
Denarius of Emperor Trajan

Medieval Money

  • Serbian medieval coins (13-15 century) are especially precious, since their originality, beauty and diversity of features and types surpass the coinage of the majority of neighboring countries. The dinar of the medieval Serbian state testified to the state independence and sovereignty. During king Dušan (1331-1346) and later Emperor Dušan (1346–1355), coinage production reached its peak, concurrently with the zenith of power of the Serbian medieval state.
Srednjovekovni novac
Cruciform dinar of king Milutin
Srednjovekovni novac
Imperial dinar of Stefan Dušan
  • Money of Byzantium, Venetian Republic, Hungary, Bosnia and Bulgaria.

Money of the New Era

  • Due to the loss of independence of the Serbian medieval state, the money used in the Balkans until the mid-19th century was that of Turkey, Russia, Hungary, Austria, Germany, Holland, Belgium, Spain, etc.
Novi vekNovi vek
Gold coin of Osman III (1754–1757)
Novi vek Novi vek
Thaler of Franz II (1792–1835)

Modern Money

  • Money of Serbia (1868–1918)
  • Money of Montenegro (1906–1918)
  • Money of Yugoslavia (1918–2005)
  • Commemorative coins issued by the National Bank (1968–2004)
Savremeni novac
20-dinar gold coin, 1882
Savremeni novac
100-perper gold coin, 1910
 
Savremeni novac
 

1000-dinar banknote of the National Bank
of the Kingdom of Yugoslavia, 1931

Securities

  • Shares, securities, bills (19-20th century)

Medals

  • Medals, memorials, medallions, badges (17-20th century)