In 2001 KIKPE acquired a collection of Greek paper money/banknotes spanning the period from 1822, the beginnings of the founding of the Greek State, until the replacement of the drachma by the euro on 1 January 2002. This collection is on loan for use (commodatum agreement) to the National Bank of Greece, which has an analogous collection. Considered together, they constitute one of the fullest and most important international collection of Greek paper money/banknotes. The holdings are enriched systematically by filling in the gaps of the various issues and with technical evidence for the corpus of issues by the five banks that had been granted the issuing right in Greece (National Bank of Greece, Ionian Bank, Bank of Epirus-Thessaly, Bank of Crete and Bank of Greece). The material as a whole constitutes a rich historical and artistic panorama of the economic development of Modern Greece.
This is the only collection in possession of the prototype banknotes, which following approval by the Bank of Greece, were printed abroad. The first two issues were printed in Fance with the help of the Bank of France, while the third issue was printed in London by the Theodore Saunders Company. Imprinted on the specimens are the security marks – and through these alone can an idea be formed of what these primary documents of economic transactions actually were. The collection also includes the bonds of the Provisional Administration during the 1821 War of Independence, as well as the Phoenixes of the period of Capodistria’s governance.