ATHENS NUMISMATIC MUSEUM provided support for the NILUFER DAMALI EDUCATION FOUNDATION Project, which assembles the entire Ottoman coins under the book
“HISTORY OF OTTOMAN COINS”
Athens Numismatic Museum, one of the major museums of our neighbour Greece, gave support to Nilüfer Damali Education Foundation’s project which aims to create an inventory of and classify the entire attainable Ottoman coins.
Athens Numismatic Museum was one of the points of calls along the Ottoman coin studies conducted in numerous museums and private collections.
Yorka Nikolaou and Panagiotis Kokkas from the Athens Numismatic Museum assisted Dr. Atom Damali in his intensive researches. By granting Turkey its rare coins collection housed solely in Athens Numismatic Museum, the museum has also been exemplar to the cultural collaboration between the two nations.
Dr. Atom Damali stated that the fact Ottoman coins, struck in 130 different mints of various countries, were also issued in Chios, Thessalonica, Sidrekapsi (Siderocausa), Siroz (Serres) and Yenishehir, the 5 cities of Greece, is an embodiment of the historical common culture between Greece and Turkey.
This project, which will assemble the entire Ottoman coins under 8 separate volumes, is expected to be completed by the end of 2011. The revenue gathered from the sales of the book (project) is donated for the education of blind students in Turkey. The book History of Ottoman Coins can be obtained from the website www.niluferdamalivakfi.org
Numismatic Museum Athens
The Athens Numismatic Museum, which currently houses a collection of more than 500.000 coins, was founded in 1984. The coin collection was kept at the University of Athens with the national library, then moved to the National Archaeological Museum in 1946, to be exhibited on the first floor.
In 1984, the Greek Ministry of Culture provided the opportunity to move the collection to its current home, the historical building named “Iliou Melathron”i encouraging the establishment of one of the most spectacular numismatic museums of the world.
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Salih BABAYIGIT MARKAEVI