Numismatic Treasury

04 March 2016

Georgian National Museum Simon Janashia Museum of Georgia presents the exhibition "Numismatic Treasury". The event will take place from March 10. 

The history of coin minting in Georgia goes back to the 27 centuries. Georgia and the western area of Colchis, in particular, is one of the first areas of the world where money began to be circulated and minted in the 6th century BC.

The exhibition "Numismatic Treasury" will showcase a long history of money circulation on the territory of modern Georgia starting from the 6th century BC. until 1834 year.

The first Numismatic Exhibition in Georgia was open in 2013 at the Georgian National Museum's Svaneti Museum. Now, for the first time, the Georgian National Museum will demonstrate the large-scale exhibition of the numismatic collection of the Simon Janashia Museum of Georgia, which represents one of the unique collections in the world.

The exposition starts with the "first primitive money" which were used for the exchange of goods before the first coins were invented, this includes - massive bronze circles of different weight and forms that date back to the 2nd-1st millenniums BC., "Kauri" which is the mollusc shell from the Indian Ocean and different tools.

The exhibition showcases up to 3.500 coins, including unique pieces of Colchian tetri; stater of the Colchis king Akos; local imitations of Alexander the Great’s and Lysimachus’ staters, the denarius of the first Roman Emperor Octavian and Iberian imitations of the Roman Empire Aurei. For the first time, visitors will have a chance to see Georgian-Sassanian drachms, dirhams of the Jafarids; the Georgian silver coins with the titles of the first Bagrations, silver coins of David IV the Builder, unique drama of Queen Rusudan, unique copper coins of Giorgi IV Lasha, as well as coins of Qvarkvare Atabag and coins of kings of Imereti, Kartl-Kakheti and etc.

The exhibition is supported by the "Liberty Bank".

Address: Simon Janashia Museum of Georgia, 3 Shota Rustaveli Avenue.