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National Hellenic Museum to Present Fascinating Ancient Greek Coins

A new exhibition at the National Hellenic Museum which will open March 4, will feature the story of coins from early use in ancient Greece to today.

Titled “Change: The Story of Coins”, the exhibition will include an interactive display which will highlight how coins are important financial, cultural and political tools.

Visitors will explore the many ways in which Hellenic culture influenced the use, production and design of coins . Themes of mythology, trade of goods, power, imagery and value will be examined across this hands-on exhibit.

“Coins are some of our best records of political, social and economic change. The coins in this exhibition demonstrate the vast reach of the Hellenic world in antiquity,” said Katherine Kelaidis, Ph.D., Resident Scholar of the National Hellenic Museum.

The exhibition will feature 29 coins, which date from the Hellenistic Period to the early Roman period (336 BCE-55 CE). Accompanying these coins will be a section focusing on Alexander the Great’s impact on the spread Hellenism.

“These coins represent a key moment in world history — the period in which Greek customs spread out of the Eastern Mediterranean and become the shared culture of educated people,” Kelaidis said.

The National Hellenic Museum will celebrate the opening of the exhibition with a reception, 2-4 p.m., March 4.

This exhibition will be on view through February 2019.

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