The History of Georgian Money

The History of Georgian Money

The first Georgian coin – the Colchian Tetri – was minted in the 4th century BCE and is considered to be one of the oldest in the world. The Money Museum contains a unique collection covering the grand history of the circulation of Georgian money. Existing examples of money that was minted and circulated over 26 centuries of history in Georgia are systematically displayed in the museum.

The Georgian rules have always minted their own money, even when the country was temporarily controlled by conquerors.

Over the centuries, the shape, inscriptions, and depictions on the coins has changed in accordance with the political and economic situation in the country. Economic and political reasons were the basis for the frequent bilingual inscriptions on the coins (Georgian-Greek, Georgian-Arabic, Georgian-Persian). 

What Will You See at the Money Museum?

The Money Museum was founded in 2001, in the city of Kvareli in Kakheti Region, on the initiative of the National Bank of Georgia. It is located on Rustaveli St. 10 in the city center.

The museum also displays examples of modern money from various different countries. You can purchase copies of Georgian coins there, as well as literature on the history of money.

The museum is free to enter.

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