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PBZ Museum

Privredna banka Zagreb has founded the unique museum devoted to the history of money. A rich coin collection, piggy bank collection from all over the word, old stock collection and historical documents are available to everyone, with guidance provided. The most regular visitors are student groups. Apart from being educational, the museum thus makes savings more popular and motivates the young generations to save. 

Working hours:

Monday  14 - 16h
Thursday   15 - 17h

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Telephone: 01 / 6360430

Head of PBZ Museum is prof. Melita Jesih Matić

Address: Ilica 5 (Oktogon), Zagreb

E-mail: muzej@pbz.hr

 

About PBZ Museum

Following its honorable tradition, Privredna Banka Zagreb plays an active role in the preservation of the Croatian financial heritage. In accordance with the practice of other great European banks, Privredna Banka Zagreb decided to establish a permanent exhibition in Oktogon: it is the first and only Croatian museum of savings and finance.

In exquisitely furnished premises of the Oktogon palace in Ilica 5 there are more than nine hundred selected exhibits in three basic collections:

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  • scripophilia (a collection of securities and shares),
  • numismatics (a collection of coins and paper money),
  • savings (a collection of piggy banks and savings books).

In the scripophilia collection, there are around 510 historical shares exhibited, but there are only 110 of them in the permanent exhibition in the Oktogon, while the remaining 400 are in detached cases in larger PBZ branch offices. Those valuable documents from our economic and financial history experience their revival after five decades. Many of them, beside their historical value, have also a great artistic value, because they were created by the greatest local and foreign artists.

In the numismatics collection, there are around 550 most attractive coins and banknotes, in the total of about 1800 items.

The saving collection is represented by 240 most beautiful and diverse piggy banks in the collection of 1400 exhibits, and with 50 most interesting savings books in a ten times larger collection of items from all over the world.

The basic purpose of the Museum is the popularization of savings by informing the public, particularly the younger generations, of the advantages of saving and of this long tradition in the history of the Croatian people.

Few people know that the old Croatian silver coins with the image of KUNA, the so-called Zagreb denars or Slavonia's banovacs, were internationally recognized and very valued means of payment, and that, after banovac, Dubrovnik silver coins had an even greater and longer reputation. It is not well-known that coins were minted in more than 40 mints on the historical territory of Croatia, and one of the most productive ones, in Dubrovnik, minted coins for almost 500 years without a break.

With these collections, we would like to present the truth about the originality and origins of Croatian finances, the history noting that even during the state unions with Hungary and Austria, common money was minted, so that Croatian state symbols displayed along with the symbols of the other countries in the unions.

A number of such attractive coins is presented through graphic enlargement, specially lighted and displayed in a digital program, which will certainly attract the attention of Internet surfers through a multimedia display of the Croatian numismatics. The artistic renderings of the birth of Croatian money on prints by Miroslav Šutej, Kuzma Kovačić and Millo Boras needs to be specially emphasized.