Greece - Euro Coins
Greece Started Using The Euro on January 1st 2002
On new year's day 2002, Greece, like the other 11 members of the Eurozone, started using Euro notes and Euro coins for cash transactions. Within a few months, the old coins and banknotes in Drachmas have been withdrawn. We have uncirculated sets from each of the twelve countries in stock now for immediate delivery.
The Minister for the National Economy and the Governor of the Bank of Greece chose the designs for their euro coins from a set of proposals presented by a national technical and artistic committee.The designer of the winning motifs was sculptor Georges Stamatopoulos, sponsored by the Bank of Greece. There is a separate design for each denomination
Greek euro coins feature a unique design for every one of the eight coins. They were all designed by Georgios Stamatopoulos with the minor coins depicting Greek ships, the middle ones portraying famous Greeks and the two large denominations showing images of Greek history and mythology. All designs feature the 12 stars of the EU, the year of imprint and a tiny symbol of the Bank of Greece . Uniquely, the value of the coins is expressed on the national side in the Greek alphabet, as well as being on the common side in the Roman alphabet. The euro cent is known as the lepto (λεπτό; plural lepta, λεπτά) in Greek.
Greece did not enter the eurozone until 2001 and was not able to start minting coins as early as the other eleven member states, so a number of coins circulated in 2002 were not minted in Athens but in Finland (€1 and €2 – mint mark S), France (1c, 2c, 5c, 10c and 50c – mint mark F) and Spain (20c - mint mark E). The coins minted in Athens for the Euro introduction in 2002 as well as all the subsequent Greek euro coins do not carry any mint mark.
Gold Coin 100 euro, dedicated to the “Hellenic Mythology - 12 OLYMPIAN GODS – HERA”. Mintage 1.000 pieces. Purity 916,666‰ Au, 53‰ Ag, 30‰ Cu. Weight: 3,89g, Diametre 17mm.
Silver collector coins 6 euro dedicated to “2015-INTERNATIONAL YEAR OF LIGHT AND LIGHT-BASED TECHNOLOGIES”.
Mini Gold Collector Coin with face value of 50 euro, dedicated to the CULTURAL HERITAGE - DELPHI. Weight 1g, diametre 14mm. Maximum mintage 1.000 coins. Quality: proof.
The official 2015 BU Set of the Hellenic Republic, including the 8 Euro coins, from 1 Eurocent to 2 Euro (Europa 2015).
ARISTOPHANES, 2015. Silver coin dedicated to Greek culture. Ag 925, weight 34.1g, diametre 40mm. Μintage 1500 items in Proof Quality.
ARCHIMEDES, 2015. Silver coin dedicated to Greek culture. Ag 925, weight 34.1g, diametre 40mm. Μintage 1500 items in Proof Quality.
Mini Gold Collector Coin with face value of 50 euro, dedicated to the “CYCLADIC CULTURE & CIVILIZATION”. Weight 1g, diametre 14mm. Maximum mintage 1.000 coins. Quality: proof.
Gold Coin 100 euro, dedicated to the “Hellenic Mythology - 12 OLYMPIAN GODS – ZEUS”. Mintage 1.000 pieces. Purity 916,666‰ Au, 53‰ Ag, 30‰ Cu. Weight: 3,89g, Diametre 17mm.
EL GRECO. Commemorative 2 euro coins issued to commemorate the 400 years since the death of Domenikos Theotokopoulos.
Commemorative 2 euro coins issued to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the union of the Ionian Islands with Greece.