In the Banque du Liban Museum, the visitor learns about Lebanon's history through coins from various eras, beginning in antiquity and continuing up to the present. The museum mixes serious knowledge and the novelty of learning about the history of currencies with interactive games.
Some antique Lebanese banknotes with distinctive aesthetic features, as well as a few games where you can calculate your body weight in gold and convert different currencies. You can also take a general tour of the location and enjoy a pleasant day out with family and friends while exploring it.
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With the aid of a sliding magnifying lens, the finely made paper notes may be examined, revealing Lebanon's vibrant political history as it is represented by its various currencies. Delicate watercolors illustrate images of Lebanon's heritage symbols, including historical landmarks like the Roman temples of Baalbeck and the 2,000-year-old cedar tree.
Syria and Lebanon were formerly a part of the Ottoman Empire, and up until 1918, the Ottoman Lira served as the countries' official currency. The Syrian Piaster was used in the nation until 1937 when the French Mandate over Syria and Lebanon took effect.
After that, a new era began as Greater Lebanon first appeared by itself on printed money. The money at the time expressed the sentiment of a nation becoming more independent. The money was still a cloaked French Franc, albeit having a Lebanese name.
By signing a monetary agreement with France in 1943, Lebanon formally declared both the independence of its monetary system and its independence as a country. This agreement allowed Lebanon to decouple its national currency from the erratic Franc.
The coin gallery serves as the museum's final stop, where guests may take in historical tales. The minted coins are an example of exquisite craftsmanship and an exceptionally rich history, dating from the Phoenician era in the fifth century BC, when the Persians controlled the region, to the reign of Alexander the Great, who ruled over his vast empire from 333 to 306 BC, up until the time when Islam spread its influence over the Mediterranean lands from the seventh century AD to the early twentieth century.
Masraf Lubnan Street Hamra Street - Bloc A - 1st level, Beirut, Lebanon