Numismatic Museum [Museum Profile]

Where: Athens (12 Panepistimiou St)

In a few words:
The Numismatic Museum holds a prominent position among the museums of its kind worldwide. The museum’s collection includes more than 600,000 coins from the Greek region dating from the 6th century BCE to the present, providing a valuable source of knowledge for the economic, social and artistic history of the past.

 


Why:
With a history going back to 1834,  the Numismatic Museum is one of the most important museums of Greece and houses one of the greatest collections of coins — ancient and modern — in the world. The museum itself is housed in the mansion of the archaeologist Heinrich Schliemann, the 19th century German archaeologist that discovered Troy and Mycenae. The building is also known as Iliou Melathron — meaning the Palace of Ilion (Troy).

 

 

What you will see:

  • The museum’s collection contains 600,000 objects, mainly coins but also medals, standard masses, dies, stamps and others, from the 14th century BC until modern times. 
  • The collection is arranged in such a way so as to follow the history of coinage.
    The museum holds a very important collection of coins from the 6th century BC until the 5th century CE — from Greek city-states and from the Hellenistic and Roman periods.
  • There also major Eastern Roman Empire collections, as well as Medieval collections from Western Europe, the East and the Ottoman Empire.
  • A large portion of the collection is constituted by coins that were found in hoards while the rest comes from the initial collection of Aegina, recent excavations in mainland Greece and donations.
  • The museum houses a library of 12,000 books specialized in the study of coinage. There is also a perfectly equipped conservation laboratory.

 

Copper ingots from Crete and Mycenae. Oxhide ingots are metal slabs, usually of copper, produced and widely distributed during the Mediterranean Late Bronze Age. Their shape resembles the hide of an ox. They served as an original form of currency.

 

Iron oboloi, in the form of spits, uncovered at Heraion of Argos. The obol was a form of ancient Greek currency and weight. Six obols would make a drachma meaning a handful/grasp. The ancient Spartans retained the cumbersome and impractical bars rather than the later practical coins in order to discourage the pursuit of wealth.

 

Opening hours:
Monday: closed
Tuesday – Sunday: 8:30am – 3:30pm

Ticket prices (2017):
Full admission:
Full admission: €6

Reduced admission:
Full admission: €3

Special ticket package:
Full admission to four archaeological museums: €15
Reduced admission to four archaeological museums: €8
Valid for 3 days for the below museums in Athens:
1. National Archaeological Museum
2. Epigraphic Museum
3. Byzantine and Christian Museum
4. Numismatic Museum

Free admission:
Visitors under 18 years old (by showing their ID or passport)

Official website:
enma.gr

 

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