The Virtual Museum was established to make the cultural heritage owned by the Central Bank of the Republic of Turkey accessible to a broader audience by eliminating the constraints of physical limitations or distance. The Museum exhibits old and new banknotes, items that illustrate the Bank’s history, and a selection of the Bank’s rich art collection.
The Central Bank of the Republic of Turkey was founded on 11 June 1930 and started to function on 3 October 1931 in Ankara.
The Central Bank of the Republic of Turkey is the only bank authorized to print banknotes in Turkey. The printing and circulation of banknotes are carried out by the Banknote Printing Plant and the Note Issue Department.
The first Ottoman banknotes were issued during the reign of Abdulmejid in 1840 under the name of "Kaime-i Nakdiye-i Mutebere”, i.e. “Paper Money", which were, in a sense, debt certificates bearing interest or Treasury bonds.
The History of Banknote Printing
Banknote Production Process
The Art Collection of the Central Bank of the Republic of Turkey is among the collections that most successfully reflect the development of Turkish painting and the level it has achieved. In this respect, the collection is also a manifestation of the richness of modern Turkey’s visual culture.