Surprises from the Safe

Since the invention of coins in Greece in the 6th century BCE, their primary purpose was economic. However, coins were also a means of glorifying the ruler and for the most effective dissemination of political, religious and cultural messages. As they were valuable, durable, passing from hand to hand and from place to place, they tell the story of definitive events in the history of the nations. What is the story behind the names of the first bills issued in the State of Israel: why does the name Anglo-Palestine Bank Ltd. appear and not the name of the nascent state?


The exhibit presents coins and bills that bear special historical importance; they were brought here from the vaults in the museum underground store, some put on display for the very first time.


Curator: Cecilia Meir
Closes: September 20,  2012