The exhibition "Numismatic Treasury" 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" - massive bronze circles of different weight and forms that date back to the 2nd-1st millenniums BC. and "Kauri" which is the mollusc shell from the Indian Ocean.

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 showcases unique pieces of Colchian tetri; Stater of the Colchis king Akos; local imitations of Alexander the Great's and Lysimachus' staters, 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 Liberty Bank.

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

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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 first coins minted here are known in a scientific literature as "Colchian tetri".

The history of coin development closely reflects the development of country's economics, politics, culture and foreign policy over centuries.

The form, size and weight of coins, circulation period, images and inscriptions struck on them were changed during the centuries. They depended on economic and political circumstances, which empires or countries dominated the region during a given historical period in Western Asia, and which country's currency had a leading role in the markets of the Near East.

The numismatic depository of the Georgian National Museum Simon Janashia Museum of Georgia contains up to 100 000 coins most of which were found on the territory of Georgia.   

The history of the museum's collection starts from the 50s of the 19th century. In 1931 numismatic collections of the Museum of the Caucasus, Society for the Spreading of Literacy among Georgians, Historic and Ethnographic Society and the collection of the Ecclesiastical Museum of the Sioni Cathedral were united as part of Georgian National Museum's collection. Since then, with an affords of Georgian numismatists, Tamar Lomouri and David Kapanadze, numismatic funds were classified. Funds of Georgian, Russian, Classic, Persian, Byzantine and Trapizonian collections were created. Medals, orders, tokens, coin hoards and paper money were also separated into different funds.

The collection was especially enriched during the last century when additional coins and coin hoards were found during different archaeological excavations.

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