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

The Ionian Bank and Its Privilege of Issue

Dimensions 29 x 21, 40 pages
Greek, English
Edited by Kostas Kostis, Athens 2014

Catalogue accompanying the same-title Exhibition which is showcased at the Banknote Museum of the Ionian Bank in Corfu, on the occasion of the commemoration of the 150 years from the Union of the Ionian Islands with Greece. It discusses 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.

The catalogue, which presents the period of the Ionian Bank’s history (1839-1920) during which its course was intertwined with that of the Ionian Islands, is divided into six parts: i) First Attempts, ii) Establishment, iii) Obstacles, iv) Union, v) Renewal and vi) Transformations. Each part is fully illustrated with rare items (documents, securities, accounting book volumes, photographs, memorabilia) owned by the Alpha Bank Historical Archives, as well as with material showcased at the Banknote Museum. Finally, the catalogue also includes items lent by other Greek and foreign Historical Archives, Foundations and Libraries, as well as a representative part of the Ionian Bank Archives, which are located at the British Library of Political and Economic Science of the London School of Economics.