ΠΟΛΙΤΙΣΜΟΣ Alpha Bank
NUMISMATIC COLLECTION
HISTORY OF THE COLLECTION

    

The Alpha Bank Numismatic Collection came to existence by initiative of the president Mr. Yannis S. Costopoulos, in 1972, with the purchase of the Andreopoulos and Meletopoulos collections. These two collections, consisting of a total of 1,186 coins, constituted the nucleus of the Bank Collection and in 1978 their catalogue was published by the Hellenic Numismatic Society. The year 1984 saw the addition of the Bouropoulos collection and two years later, the Bank’s compilation was enriched with part of the Evelpidou-Argyropoulou collection (Athens, Euboia, Aigina). Since 1989 and on an annual basis, Alpha Bank has systematically purchased coins through European and American auctions, while at the same time the addition of more coin collections has continued. In 1990, the Bank became the owner of the very important Macedonian and Thracian coin collection of Ath. Gertsos consisting of 2,032 pieces, of which 2,016 are silver. The I. Vasileiou and the T. Triantafyllides collections were later added, in 1992 and 1997 respectively. 

Today, the Alpha Bank Numismatic Collection includes almost 11,000 coins from the entire ancient Greek world. The collection extends from the invention of the coin in the late 7th Century BC to the 3rd Century AD and the end of coin production in the cities of the Roman Empire.