Today I found a very interesting token, I believe used as a souvenir or promotion for Woman in the Moon
It might not be easily seen here on the first photo, but by the rim below the rocket side (4-8 o'clock), mint name can be read as "Griesbach i Knaus, Zagreb". You can read a little English abstract about the company in a paper published by the Institute of History in 2009. HERE
. Just download the pdf, English abstract is at the end. Interesting to notice how Teodor Krivak was working as engraver for the company around 1929, so it's probable he was the one with idea of issuing such a token in Zagreb. Krivak was a medal and coin enthusiast, he worked later with Ivo Kerdic on monetary patterns, including wartime circulation pieces.
Obverse otherwise shows the rocket with Croatian name of the movie and short description - a trip to the Moon with the rocket, below are the names of the main actors.
Reverse is interesting, incorporating the production company logo
, with statement "Bank on the Moon pays for this money/ 10 / Luna" inside obvious - director's name and cinema name.
There are two types of this token described in the local literature, this one supposedly scarcer, the other one without "Europa palace kino", a cinema still open in Zagreb with that same name restored in 1992.
I found online a German (THIS
collector) and a Hungarian (from their token directory) examples of this token, each is a little bit different but still much less than Croatian one which was almost certainly made as their copy for local promotion of the movie. Photos attached.
Heavy circulation marks on all known pieces make me think it was maybe used as something more than merely a souvenir, so it would be interesting to see does anybody else here know about them or are there any other languages (probably yes) in which this token was made. I find it hard to believe such a widespread, multinational token would remain without any further info today.