2.500th anniversary of the Battle of Marathon. The centre of the coin shows a synthesis of a shield and a runner/warrior symbolizing the battle for freedom and the noble ideals derived from the battle of Marathon.
The Euro currency was introduced on 1 January 1999, when the national currencies of participating countries ceased to exist independently in that their exchange rates were locked at fixed rates against each other.
The official opening of the New Acropolis Museum takes place today, 20 June 2009. The official 2008 BU Set of the Hellenic Republic including the 10 Euro silver coin dedicated to the new Acropolis museum.