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The History of Money. The Duchy of Warsaw (1807-1815)

The aim of this exhibition is to present monetary systems operating in Europe from the mid-18th century until the early to mid-19th century with an emphasis on the period of the Napoleonic Wars. It is also designed to present the economic functions of money in those times. The exhibition comprises coins and notes from France, Poland, Prussia, Austria, Russia, as well as coins circulating in the Free City of Danzig. The narrative opens with the French Revolution (1789) and Partitions of Poland (1772-1795) and concludes with the implementation of the Congress of Vienna treaty (1815). The central theme of the exhibition, though, is the period of the Duchy of Warsaw. Visitors will be able to learn about its history – its political, economic and military situation – shown through the coins and notes it issued. The fate of the Duchy will be presented within the geopolitical context of the times, also illustrated through currency. The exhibition seeks to teach the history of money in an accessible manner, which will enable the visitors to improve their historical knowledge.
The exhibition will be open from May 20, 2017 through to April 8, 2018 in the European Money Center
at Mennica Street no. 4.
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