Gas meter token (Poznań)

Category Gas meters

Subcategory Tokens

Year of manufacture/creation early 20th century

Manufacturer/author Poznań Gasworks

Place of manufacture/creation Poznań, then Germany

Size Diameter: varied, approximately 2.12 cm
Weight: 2,99 - 3,46 g

Material zinc

Museum/Storage location Gasworks Museum in Paczków

Date of admission to the museum 1992

Rights to the exhibit Gasworks Museum in Paczków

Rights to digital images public domain


Exhibit description

Poland’s regaining of independence after 1918 did not take place overnight. This is evident even when we look at the way in which Poles used to pay for gas.

At that time, automated gas meters were commonplace in Polish homes. In the part of Poland previously annexed by the Kingdom of Prussia, the tokens featured words in the German language. The gasworks in Grudziądz, which was the first to issue tokens in Polish, was an exception.

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