The Ionian Bank and Its Privilege of Issue<br/>(1839-1920)

The Ionian Bank and Its Privilege of Issue

2.7.2014 - 30.11.2015
Banknote Museum of the Ionian Bank, Corfu

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On the occasion of the commemoration of the 150 years from the Union of the Ionian Islands with Greece, the Alpha Bank Historical Archives mounted the exhibition entitled “The Ionian Bank and Its Privilege of Issue (1839-1920)” at the Banknote Museum of the Ionian Bank in Corfu.

The Exhibition followed the history of the privilege of issue of the Ionian Bank, the first Bank to operate in Greek lands, which in 2000 merged with the Alpha Credit Bank in order to form Alpha Bank. Namely, the Exhibition spans a period of the Ionian Bank’s history (1839-1920) during which its course was intertwined with that of the Ionian Islands.

The Exhibition had presented rare items (documents, securities, accounting book volumes, photographs, memorabilia), owned by the Alpha Bank Historical Archives, as well as material showcased at the Banknote Museum. In parallel, visitors had the opportunity to observe exhibits kindly lent by other Greek and foreign Historical Archives, Foundations and Libraries. Finally, it is worth noting that, in the context of the Exhibition, part of the Ionian Bank Archives, which are located at the British Library of Political and Economic Science of the London School of Economics, has been utilised.

The Exhibition was accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue in Greek and in English.