As the clouds of war loomed closer and closer, the Greeks of the American diaspora mobilized themselves for the inevitable. They raised a tremendous amounts of money to send volunteers home, and for the purchase of state of the art equipment and for medical aid via The Red Cross.

The exhibition “Athenian Owls” is organised by the Numismatic Collection of the Bank. It constitutes a reference to the best known coin of antiquity the “Athenian Owl”, the tetradrachm of the city of Athens bearing the head of the goddess Athena on the obverse and the owl on the reverse. This coin exceeded the boundaries of the issuing authority and was widely used in international transactions for a long period of time.

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