A few words about the Numismatic Museum...
The Numismatic Museum has in its possession 500,000 artifacts - mainly coins, but also medals, lead, seals, weights, spells and talents - dating from the 14th century BC. until today.
The richest collections are those of the ancient coins, dating from the 6th century BC. to the 5th century AD These are the coins of the city-states, the kings and rulers of the ancient Greek and Hellenistic world, the Roman Republic, the Roman emperors and the provinces of the Roman Empire.
Equally important are the collections of Byzantine and medieval coins, dating from the 6th to the 15th centuries. There is a large number of coins of the Byzantine Empire with representative cuts of all emperors and mints, cuts of states and rulers of the Medieval West and East, as well as editions of the Frankish states created in Greece since the 13th century.
The period from the 15th to the 20th century is covered by the currencies of most states in the modern and modern world. Emphasis is placed on the coins circulated in Greece these centuries, such as Ottoman coins, coins of European states and empires, as well as coins and banknotes of the new Greek state.
Special collections include the other artifacts and sculptures belonging to the Museum.
The ancient Greek, Roman, Byzantine and medieval stations, the burdens of weighing various products and coins, are an important source of information on weighting rules and trading in various eras.
Seals used as symbols of power, as jewelry and to denote identity, authenticity or value.
The rich collection of Byzantine seals is a valuable tool for Byzantine Silhouette and Sealing.
The medals preserve a wealth of information on historical figures and events, as well as depictions of buildings, cities and entire areas, expressing the art of each era from the Renaissance to the present.
The Museum to manage its collections has a Department of Ancient Coins, Stations and Minerals, a Department of Byzantine and Medieval Coins and Stamps, and a Department of Modern Coins and Medals.
As a whole, the National Collection of the NM is one of the richest in the world, along with the collections of the British Museum in London, the National Library in Paris, the Hermitage in St. Petersburg, the Bode Museum in Berlin, and the American Monetary Society .
The core of the Collection was the 329 coins of the first Archaeological Museum that was organized in 1829 in Aegina, the capital of the newly established Greek state. Since then the Collection has been gradually enriched with coins and other objects deposited at the Museum as donations, traditions, purchases, seizures and excavations. Thus, by the 1970s, more than 50,000 coins from excavations at Argos, Olympia, Corinth, Delphi, Olynthus, etc. had been handed over to the Museum.
More than 190,000 coins belong to 670 ancient Greek, Roman, Byzantine, medieval and later "treasures" from all over Greece. These closed sets of coins are important sources of information on monetary circulation and the economy in Greece from antiquity to the early 20th century.
Opening hours: Wednesday - Monday: 08:30 - 16:00 (Tuesday closed)
General admission: € 6
Reduced admission: € 3