Visit Greece | Money. Tangible symbols in ancient Greece at the Cycladic Art Museum

Travelers and visitors to Athens will be able to admire an exceptional collection of ancient Greek coins at the new Cycladic Art Museum exhibition titled “Money. Tangible symbols in ancient Greece” that runs until April 15 2018.

The exhibition is a collaboration of the Museum of Cycladic Art and the Alpha Bank Numismatic Collection and will showcase an impressive collection of 85 coins from the Alpha Bank collection as well as 159 objects (clay vases, terracotta figurines, marble and bronze statuettes, reliefs, gold jewellery, measuring vessels, coins from closed assemblages and inscriptions) from 32 archeological museums and collections around Europe including Greece (various museums across Greece), Italy (Napoli and Tara National Archaeological Museums), France (The Louvre) and the UK (The British Museum).

Divided into eight different themes (Money and Transactions, Money and Trade, Money and Art, Money and History, Money and The Circulation of Ideas, Money and Propaganda, Money and Society, Money and Banks) this unique temporary exhibition aims to highlight the multiple uses coins have had since ancient times but first and foremost their iconography related use as coins have traditionally been a tangible symbol that everyone could hold in their hands.

The Alpha Bank Numismatic Collection is considered one of the world’s finest coin collections featuring approximately 11.000 ancient Greece coins. The collection spans the history of coinage from its origins in the 7th century BC to the termination of coin production in the cities of the Roman Empire during the 3rd century AD. The Collection also includes a number of Roman and Byzantine coins.

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