Perper: coin from Kingdom of Montenegro (1910-1914)


1 perper (перпер), 1912: Kingdom of Montenegro

1 perper (перпер), 1912: Kingdom of Montenegro

Ruler: Nikola I Petrović-Njegoš — prince of Montenegro from 1860 to 1910, the country's first and only king from 1910 to 1918.

КРАЉЕВИНА ЦРНА ГОРА: Kingdom of Montenegro.

1 ПЕРПЕР - 1912: 1 perper - 1912.

Royal coat of arms of Kingdom of Montenegro:

  • two-headed eagle (Byzantine and ultimately ancient Roman origin) that symbolizes close connections between the church and the state;
  • lion passant is as a sign of episcopal authority (the authority of the church); it bears some similarity to the motif present in the arms of Venice, which had considerable influence in the history of Montenegro.

НИКОЛА І Б.М. КРАЉ И ГОСПОДАР ЦРНЕ ГОРЕ: Nicholas I Grace of God King and Ruler of Montenegro.

Symbol SS under the portrait: engraver Stephan Schwartz.

Mintage: 520.008.

The Austrian Mint (German: Münze Österreich).

  • Silver (0.835): 23 mm - 5.0 g
  • Reference price: 35$

COIN PERPER — WHERE & WHEN (coins catalog: by names & emitents)
  1. PRINCIPALITY OF MONTENEGRO (1909-1910) + KINGDOM OF MONTENEGRO (1910-1914): perper = 100 para

The name of the currency perper comes from the name of the gold Byzantine coin hyperpyron (Greek "ὑπέρπυρον"), which was used in the XI-XIV centuries in the Balkans. Translated from Greek — superpure (in the context of "superpure gold"). In time, the Serbian perper, the Bulgarian perpera, the Dubrovnik or Ragusa perpera appeared; in recent history — only the Montenegrin perper.