The Numismatic Museum of Athens presents the exhibition Fire and Currency - Archaeology and Fire until December 31st. The exhibition is organized in collaboration with the Ephoria of Underwater Antiquities and is inspired by the myth of Prometheus. The significance of fire as a power of motion in civilization and a precious divine gift to humanity is highlighted, in addition to the strong bonds between the action and the symbolism of fire on the one hand and the cultural heritage of Greece on the other.
Head of the Sun - 4 drachmas coin — Photo courtesy of Numismatic Museum In the section ‘Fire and Currency,’ medals and coins from antiquity to more recent years are presented, with depictions and symbols which express the creative and life-giving power of fire in myths, religions, history and tradition. Particular emphasis is given to the ancient Greek god of fire, Hephaestus, regarding his tools and works.Torch, Amphipolis - end 5th century — Photo courtesy of Numismatic Museum
Within ‘Archaeology and Fire,’ the duplicate role of fire is presented, regarding the conservation of ancient artisanship. Numismatic treasures which have been damaged by fire are exhibited, as well as findings in excavations which were conserved because of their contact with fire, such as the tablets of and clay stamps. In the same section, findings from shipwrecks, which show the beneficial use of fire by man, are presented including lamps, candleholders, and kitchen utensils, as well as firearms which show its destructive power.