Banknote Museum

The Banknote Museum of Corfu is housed in one of the most historical buildings of the Old City, in the building of the Ionian Bank which was the first Greek bank, in 1839, when the Ionian Islands were under English Supervision. In 1981 it housed the Banknote Museum which is now considered one of the best in the world, in its kind.

The first banknotes of 1839 but, also the last of the Ionian Bank, in 1920, Turkish grosses, paper money of the Italian and German Occupation and also the first banknotes of the National Bank of Greece (1840), are among the exhibits that guests can admire at the wooden showcases of the Banknote Museum.

The «Phoenixes», the first paper money of the Greek State, have a special place in the museum,  and were printed in 1831 in Nafplio, and so does all the paper money that was released by the Bank of Greece which are estimated to be around 2.000.

Rare exhibits of the Banknote Museum are also parochial paper money from the era of the Turkish occupation, a Chinese banknote of 1300 A.D. and the preliminary drafts of the first Greek coin which was designed by the Corfiot sculptor Michael Axelos.

The Banknote Museum operates daily (except Mondays and Tuesdays) from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. with free entrance for the public and is located in the Iroon Kypriakou Agona Square, in the Old City of Corfu.

Telephone: 26610 41552

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