“Money as Jewellery”

The permanent exhibition “Money as Jewellery” shows the use of coins after they stopped being legal tender. In addition to the primary - payment, money in the past also had a decorative function. Making jewellery from money in our area started with the Ottoman conquest. Coins were used to make necklaces and earrings and decorate vests and belts. Over time, this jewellery has become an ornament for festive and wedding clothing.

The exhibited jewellery contains mainly Turkish coins dating primarily to the 19th and the early 20th centuries. However, the exhibited necklaces, bracelets, earrings, rings, hairpins and pendants also contain Montenegrin, Austrian, French, and Russian and Serbian coins. Jewellery made of Austro-Hungarian money was made on the coast compared to the country’s interior, where the Ottoman money prevailed.

The Money Museum also presents representative pieces of jewellery, where the necklace of Montenegrin paras is especially significant.