The Museum was established in 1995 and since then it has been the only one of its kind in Cyprus. A large part of the Foundation’s Numismatic Collection is in display in this permanent exhibition. The presentation of more than 500 coins, divided in nine chronological periods (23 showcases), trace Cyprus’ tumultuous history, from the first coins minted on the island in the 6th century BC to the present day.
With the establishment of the Bank of Cyprus Cultural Foundation in 1984, the Bank of Cyprus bequeathed to the foundation, among other works of art, rare documents and antiquities, and a small collection of Cypriot coins, mostly medieval in provenance. These coins formed the initial core of the collection, which has developed into a significant set that covers the entire range of the Cypriot coinage, from the period of the city-kingdoms of mid. 6th century BC to the modern issues of the Republic of Cyprus.
Included in the initial collection is a bronze coin from the Roman period, donated to the Bank by a member of the Board of Directors of the Group. This coin bears the legend “ΚΟΙΝΟ(Ν) ΚΥΠΡΙΩΝ” (League of the Cypriots); it was a symbol of unity among the peoples of the island; this particular coin has been the official logo of the Bank of Cyprus since 1963.
Each show case has a brief introductory text enhanced by relevant illustrative material. Important coins from each historical period are illustrated in enlargement within the text while each coin has a short explanation of measurements, weight and depicted icons.
Educational Programmes: Since the establishment of the Museum, in 1995, the Cultural Foundation organises special educational programmes, for children and young people.
The touch-screen in the Museum offers visitors access to the educational multimedia interactive application: “From the electrum to the euro. A journey into the history of coins”.