(Eleftheriou Benizelou (University) 12, Athens tel. 210 3643774)
The first efforts to collect coins began after the liberation, in Aegina. Little by little, with continuous donations, purchases and excavations, the collection was enriched and in 1942 it became part of the National Archaeological Museum, to become an independent museum in 1977 and housed at the SE end of the National Archaeological Museum building with an entrance on Tositsa Street.
It includes around 400,000 coins that come from all the regions where Greek civilization flourished, from antiquity to the present day. Among the most important exhibits are Mycenaean copper talents, the treasure of iron projectiles, found in 1894 in Argos, as well as many gold, silver and copper coins, such as the first struck by electricity in the 7th BC. century, Aeginetan turtles, Athenian tetradrachms (owls), coins of Philip II, Alexander, etc. There are also Roman and Byzantine coins, Byzantine lead bars, ring stones and various ancient and Byzantine measures and standards.
Editor: Fotini Anastasopoulou