Saturday, November 21, 2009

Serbian 1882 gold coin

In 1882, Serbia was proclaimed Kingdom, and King Milan its king. To mark that, and with a view to showing the new status of the state and its ruler on money as well, gold coins in 10- and 20-dinar denominations were issued the same year. At that time, in the absence of their own mint, the Obrenovićs used the services of the Royal Mint in Vienna. The 20-dinar gold coin, which in its production technique, appearance and value corresponded to the gold “Napoleon d’or” French coins, is popularly called “Milan’s coin” or “milandor” (Milan d’or). The recto features the King’s portrait with the inscription MILAN I KING OF SERBIA and the signature of A. Scharff, the engraver, whereas the verso bears the inscription of the value (20 dinars), year of issue (1882) and a wreath of laurel and oak leaves, with the Serbian royal crown on top. GOD SAVES SERBIA is inscribed on the rim of the coin.

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