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The E-Sylum:  Volume 10, Number 10, March 11, 2007, Article 14

HOWARD BERLIN ON NUMISMATIC MUSEUMS OF ATHENS

Dr. Howard Berlin writes: "I'm now back from Istanbul and Athens. I
had the pleasure of visiting the Numismatic Museum of Athens during my
stay there. The museum is located at 12 Panepistimiou Street in Athens'
Attica district, just a few minutes walk northwest of Syntagma Square
from the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Its hours are from 8:30 am to
3:00 pm, Tuesday through Sunday (closed Monday). The admission for adults
is three euros, but is free on Sundays in February as are many sites
under the control of the Ministry of Culture, such as the Acropolis.

"The museum has a library of about 60,000 books and periodicals which
is available to researchers. The museum's web site is: 
nma.gr/the_museum/uk/index1.htm

"Besides the Numismatic Museum of Athens, the city has one another
excellent museum venue of note – the Alpha Bank Numismatic Collection.
Although I was originally scheduled to visit the bank, Dr. Dimitra
Tsangari, the collection’s curator e-mailed me that the collection
would be closed in preparation for a Summer exhibition.

"However, if you are in Athens, you can visit the bank’s collection on
the fifth floor at 41 Panepistimiou (aka, Stoa Nikoloudi) Monday through
Friday from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm. This is just up the street from the
Numismatic Museum of Athens. Additional information about the Alpha
Bank Numismatic Collection can be found at their web site,
www.alphanumismatics.gr.

"I'm off for Ireland next week and will be in Dublin during St. Patrick's
Day. I will be visiting the National Museum of Ireland, which according to
a recent e-mail from its Marketing Department, has a coin exhibit, "Airgead,
A Thousand Years of Irish Coins and Currency."

  Wayne Homren, Editor

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