ΠΟΛΙΤΙΣΜΟΣ Alpha Bank
NUMISMATIC COLLECTION
MONEY. Tangible symbols in ancient Greece

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The Museum of Cycladic Art and the Alpha Bank Numismatic Collection, in their first ever collaboration, are jointly organising a major exhibition, titled “MONEY. Tangible symbols in ancient Greece”. The Exhibition, which opened on November 2, 2017 and will run through April 15, 2018, presents to the public some fine examples of ancient coins, the overwhelming majority of which are from the Bank’s Numismatic Collection. 

85 coins from the Alpha Bank Numismatic Collection are exhibited together with 160 objects (clay vases, terracotta figurines, marble and bronze statuettes, reliefs, gold jewellery, measuring vessels, coins from closed assemblages and inscriptions) from 32 archaeological museums and collections in Greece, Italy, France and the United Kingdom. 

The theme of the Exhibition is related to the diverse interpretations of the symbols engraved on coins, from the late seventh century BC into Roman times. The coin is, first and foremost, man’s main medium of transaction, with which people cover their daily needs. It is also what the State uses to make payments and meet its obligations. 

Ancient coins, however, are not merely a means of transaction; they are in themselves tangible symbols, which one can hold in one’s hands and “read”. The representations depicted on their flan provide important information, historical and other, which is linked to the place and the authority that issued them.

The Exhibition is accompanied by a catalogue, in Greek and English, containing information on all exhibits as well as rich photographic material. 

Exhibition Curators
Professor Nicholas Chr. Stampolidis, Director of the Museum of Cycladic Art 
Yorgos Tassoulas, Αrchaeologist MPhil, Curator of the Museum of Cycladic Art 
Dr Dimitra Tsangari, Curator of the Alpha Bank Numismatic Collection

Concept - Coordination
Nicholas Chr. Stampolidis, Dimitra Tsangari