“Nikolas Moustakis” numismatic collection
On the “Amaxotos”, a bit after the end of the road of Fasola, is the “Numismatic Collection”. There are exhibited all the currencies –Hellenic and of the conquerors—that circulated in Hellas and in Cyprus since 1820 up to the introduction of the euro.
In the showcases of the “Collection”, one can see currencies –coins and banknotes—that circulated in the new Hellenic State, in the Ionian Islands and in Hepeiros (Epirus) and Thessalia (Thessaly) [before their accession], in Eastern Macedonia and Thrace during the Bulgarian occupation (as well as the bonds given to the holders of drachma currencies for their withdrawal), currencies issued by the Italians as well as by ELAS (HPLA: Hellenic Popular Liberation Army) in the areas it controlled during the triple (German-Italian-Bulgarian) Occupation of the Second World War.
Furthermore, on exhibition are the Turkish coins that circulated in the mainland of Hellas and in Crete, just before the Kapodistrian Phoenix and Drachma respectively.
Also, the Turkish coins and the coins of the British Commonwealth that circulated in Cyprus, before the circulation of the Cypriot lira (pound).
Finally, the collection includes the split banknotes of internal borrowing in 1922, as well as the bonds that were given in exchange for one of the two split parts.
Peripherally of the exhibition space are displayed:
• The portraits of the Governors of the Bank of Greece who were signatories of banknotes
• A map of the Geographical Service of the Army issued by the Hellenic Parliament, showing how Hellas State grew in size, for an easy correlation with the currencies of the regions of the Country, and, finally,
• A map of Ancient Greece, with the colonies of the First and the Second Colonization, with the most famous currency depicted on every city.
The photographs of the ancient currencies, placed on the map, are a kind sponsorship of Alphabank.