10.05 - 10.06.2008

Classically Greek: Coins and Banknotes from Antiquity to Today

Smithsonian Institution Washington, DC

This exhibition was jointly organized by the National Bank of Greece, the Benaki Museum and the Welfare Foundation for Social and Cultural Affairs (KIKPE), in collaboration with the National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution.

The civilization, history and mythology of ancient Greece are reflected in the iconography of ancient coins and of modern banknotes. These mediums of everyday transactions preserve memories and transmit messages on the cultural and economic forces that shaped ancient and modern Greece.

The banknotes and the bronze coins presented in the exhibition belong to the collections of banknotes of the National Bank of Greece and of KIKPE, as well as to the KIKPE collection of ancient bronze coins.

The exhibition was structured around the following units:

  • From Initial Design to Printed Banknot
  • Antiquities and Greek Banknotes
  • Ancient Greek Coins on Banknotes
  • Gods on Greek Banknotes
  • Bronze Coins and their Iconography
  • The Panathenaic Procession: Scenes from the Parthenon frieze
  • Elements of Banknote Design
  • Bronze coins of the Ancient Greek World
  • Security Marks within a Classical Design

Organization of exhibition: National Bank of Greece – KIKPE– Benaki Museum – Smithsonian Institution

Venue: Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC, USA

Duration: 10 April – 10 June 2008

Curator of exhibition: Smithsonian Institution