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The stories of 12 gold coins

From Alexander the Great to the Byzantium and the Middle Ages until the modern era all periods are covered in an exhibition featuring a rare collection of gold coins. This collection contains coins that are considered to have paved the way for the use of coins in world history and is being staged by the A.G. Leventis Gallery.

Having opened its doors on Thursday, the Stories of Gold exhibition will run until February 11 and, as much of the content of the gallery, is drawn from the personal collection of AG Leventis himself. The collection includes rare specimens that are of particular interest for both collectors and scholars.

The exhibition focuses on 12 coins and reveals fascinating stories and important relevant events behind them. These are coins of large empires with international trade ranges, power and reputation, coins with interesting iconography, as well as commemorative coins, which are considered to be milestones in global history of the coin.

For each of these coins, historical summaries provide information on the issuing authority or the ruler so the observer can place it geographically and in time.

The accompanying materials of the rest of the exhibition include portraits, engravings, sculptures, porcelain and other artefacts that place the coins in their historical, cultural and monetary context.
In particular, the use of new technologies, videos and projections help visitors appreciate the enchanting world of coins and its wealth. The complete collection also shows items borrowed from eight museums and three private collections.

And if you’re too caught up with festive activities or swamped with work to pay a visit, the exhibition and its fascinating historical tales will later move to the Leventis Municipal Museum of Nicosia as a permanent collection.

The Stories of Gold are part of the A.G. Leventis Gallery’s five-year anniversary celebrations, which will officially be marked in March 2019. The celebrations will continue in the new year with more national exhibitions, educational programmes and activities for children, giving the public an extra reason to visit the gallery.

Stories of Gold
Temporary exhibition tracing stories of gold. December 13 – February 11. A.G. Leventis Gallery, Nicosia. 7.30pm. Tel: 22-668838

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