02.2006

Greek Banknotes: A Journey 1822-2002

Historical Archive of the National Bank of Greece, Athens

The exhibition "The Greek Banknote: A Jounrey 1822–2002", was held at the Historical Archive of the National Bank of Greece in February 2006. It now constitutes a permanent exhibition of Greek banknotes and other associated documentation from the collections of the Welfare Foundation for Social and Cultural Affairs (KIKPE) and the National Bank of Greece (ETE). The combination of the two collections introduces visitors to the most complete work on Greek paper money, accessible to researchers, students and the general public.

The exhibition covers the period from 1822 to 2012. In 1822 the Greeks fighting their war of independence against the Ottoman Empire issued the first Revolution bonds, which are considered the first quasi-banknotes of the Greek State. The year 2002 is a milestone marking the abolition of the national currency, the drachma, and the inauguration of circulation of the European currency, the euro. The exhibition was inaugurated by the Prime Minister.

Οrganization of exhibition: Historical Archive of the National Bank of Greece

Venue: Historical Archive of the National Bank of Greece, Athens

Duration: February 2006

Curator of exhibition: Gerasimos Notaras

Editor and author of exhibition catalogue: Gerasimos Notaras