2020 Greek numismatic program

2020 Greek numismatic program

Updated the 10/03/2020

Greek government unveileved its numismatic programm for year 2020.

This year, Greece still mints two €2 commemorative coins to celebrate greek historic events.

 


€2 COMMEMORATIVE COINS


 

€2 COMMEMORATIVE CIRCULATION COIN DEDICATED TO:
“2,500 YEARS SINCE THE BATTLE OF THERMOPYLAE”

 

 

The Thermopyle battle is symbol of greek heroism against invaders coming from Persia. It was finally a defeat by is a key date in greek nation birth. The coin was designed by G. STAMATOPOULOS.

 


Maximum mintage of 735,000 pieces for circulation in rolls and 10 000 BU coin cards


 

 

€2 COMMEMORATIVE CIRCULATION COIN DEDICATED TO: “100 YEARS SINCE THE UNION OF THRACE WITH GREECE”

 

 

The region of Thrace located in the northeastern corner of the country was united with Greece after the end of World War I. The national side of the coin replicates an ancient coin of the thracian city of Abdera, featuring a griffin. The coin is designed by G; STAMATOPOULOS.


Maximum mintage of 743,000 UNC coins inn rolls for circulation and 5 000 BU coin in coincards


 


COLLECTOR COINS


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€200 GOLD COIN DEDICATED TO:
“THE PERSIAN WARS”

The persian wars are a series of conflicts between the powerful Persian Empire and greek city-states that ended in greek victory and in a triumph of a free men over despotism, allowing greek classical civilisation to flourish.

The obverse features a greek fighting a Persian, after an ancient greek vase. To the right appears the words “Hellenic Republic”. The Theme is bordered by spears and laconain shields marked with the greek letter “A” alluding to the crucial role of lacedaemonians in the victorious outcome.

 

Coin specifications

Face value: €200

Diameter: 22.10mm

Poids: 7.98g

Material: Gold 917/1000 and silver.

Condition: Proof

Designer: G STAMATOPOULOS

 


maximum issue 750 coins

On february the 26th, the greek central bank indicates that this mintage will be fan out this way:

  • 350 coins will be allocated to collectors
  • 365 coins will be allocated to dealers
  • 25 coins will be allocated to greek Ministry of Economy
  • 10 coins will be allocated to comittee commemorating persian wars

 

 

€100 MINI GOLD PLUS COIN DEDICATED TO:
“GREEK MYTHOLOGY – THE OLYMPIAN GODS – HERMES”

 

 

Hermes messanger of the gods features on the obverse of the coin. He holds the Caduceus and wears winged shoes, inspired by an old greek vase.

On the reverse the national coat of arms is encircled by the two snakes that topped the caduceus.

 

Coin specifications

Face value: €100

Diameter: 17.50mm

Poids: 3.89g

Material: Gold 999/1000

Condition: Proof

Edge: Plain

Designer: M ANTONATOU

 

 

 


maximum issue 1,200 coins


 

 

€50 MINI GOLD COIN DEDICATED TO:
“CULTURAL HERITAGE – ANCIENT MESSENE”

 

Ancient Messene is one of the most spectacular archaelogical sites in Greece, due to a goos state of preservation ofpublic buildings.

The obverse depicts the arcadian gateof the old city’s fortification wall. The middle jamb of the gate has remained in situ, in a half fallen position. The reverse features a stylised representation of ancient theater and the tiled floor of the orchestra.

 

Coin specifications

Face value: €50

Diameter: 14mm

Poids: 1g

Material: Gold 999/1000

Condition: Proof

Edge: plain

Designer: M. ANTONATOU

 

 

 

 

 


maximum issue 1,500 coins

(750  coins  for greek market and 750 coins for the rest of the world)


 

€10 SILVER COIN DEDICATED TO:
“EUROPA STAR 2020 – GOTHIC”

This coin celebrates the gothic era of westren Europe. At the same time, byzantine Empire ruled eastern Europe.

On the obverse of the coin features Alexios I Komnenos (1081-1118). In the background is represented the ribbed vaults from the Palace of Grand Master of the Knights of Rhodes.

On the reverse appears the greek coat of arms in a star. The engraver used different frosted effects to give volume to this side of the coin.

 

Coin specifications

Face value: €10
Diameter: 38.61mm
Weight: 31.10g
Material: Silver 925/1000
Condition: Proof
Edge: plain
Designer: G. STAMATOPOULOS

 

 


maximum issue 5,000 pieces


 

€10 SILVER COIN DEDICATED TO:
“2,500 YEARS SINCE THE BATTLE OF SALAMIS”

The battle of Salamis was the turning point of the persian wars. A greek fleet numerical inferior to the persain fleet defeated it.

Themistocle is represented on the obverse of the coin. He was commander of Athen’s sailors and soldiers who took part to the naval battle.

The reverse features triremes (wharships with three banks of oars) used by both sides.

 

Coin specifications:

Denomination: €10

Diameter: 40mm

Weight: 34.10g

Edge: plain

Material: silver 925/1000

Quality: Proof

Designed: G. STAMATOPOULOS

 


maximum issue 3,000 pieces


 

€10 SILVER COIN DEDICATED TO:
“2,500 YEARS SINCE THE BATTLE OF THERMOPYLAE

This coin is compementary to €2 coin on same subject.

On the obverse the artist represented a greek hoplite (private), and behind him spears of a phalanx, part of greek armies strategy on the battlefield.

The reverse features greek hoplites marching in file at left against persian warriors at right. Greek hoplites images have been taken from ancient greek pottery and those of the persians reproduce bas reliefs from palace of darius in Persepolis. On the center, the national coat of arms is engraved.

Coin specifications

Diameter: 40mm

Weight: 34.10g

Edge: plain

Material: Silver 952/1000

Quality: Proof

Designer: G. STAMATOPOULOS

 

 


maximum issue 3,000 pieces


 

€6 MINI SILVER COIN DEDICATED TO:
“75 YEARS SINCE THE ESTABLISHMENT OF THE NATIONAL RADIO FOUNDATION

 

This coin is dedicated to establishment of the national radio foundation (predecessor of the greek Broadcasting Corporation). It marked the official introduction of radio in Greece.

The obverse features a microphone, headphone and Spectrum bars.

The reverse depicts an antenna tower and radio waves with the national coat of arms in the center.

 

Coin specifications

Diameter: 28.5mm
Weight: 10g
Edge: plain
Material: Silver 925/1000
Quality: Proof
Designer: M. ANTONATOU

 

 

 


maximum issue 1,200 pieces


 

€5 SILVER COIN DEDICATED TO:
“MYRTIS” (maximum issue 2,500 pieces)

This coin is dedicated to Myrtis, an athenian girl in Pericles time.

The obverse of the coin features a bust of Myrtis, a name conventionally given to an Eleven year old girl who died in the plague of Athens ( 430-426 BC). during the Peloponese war.

Scientists worked from her perfectly preserved skull and recreated her facial features using “Manchester method”.

 

 

On the reverse is depicted the DNA sequence of Salmonella enterica serovar Typhi, a pathogen causing typhoid fever.

It claimed thousands of live during the Plague of Athen.

 

Coin specifications

Denomination: €5
Diameter: 30mm
Weight: 10g
Edge: plain
Material: Silver 925/1000
Quality: Proof
Designer: G. STAMATOPOULOS

 


maximum issue 2.500 pieces


 

 

BLISTER PACK WITH A COLLECTOR SILVER €5 COIN DEDICATED TO: “150 YEARS SINCE THE BIRTH OF THEOPHILOS”

 

The coin commemorates Theopilos a major folk painter in modern greek art, born on the island of Lesvos.

The obverse depicts Theophilos in the traditional national costume.

The reverse features his painting Erotokritos and Aretousa, the protagonists of Vitsentzos KORNAROS’s popular poetic romance, EROTOKRITOS, a masterpiece of the cretan Renaissance (17th century).

 

Coin specifications

Denomination: €5
Diameter: 31mm
Weight: 17g
Edge: plain
Material: Silver alloy – 333/1000
Quality: Proof
Designer: A. MICHELIOUDAKI

 


maximum issue 5,000 coins

( 2250 coins for greek market, 2250 coins for the rest of the world and 500 coins for MYTILENE city)


 

 

BLISTER PACK WITH A COLLECTOR SILVER €5 COIN DEDICATED TO: “ENVIRONMENT – ENDEMIC FLORA OF GREECE – IRIS HELLENICA”

Second coin of the series “Endemic flora of Greece” the iris hellenica is a wildflower of Greece.

The obverse features a colored image of Iris hellenica.

The reverse depict a linear design of Iris Hellenica.

 

Coin spécifications 

Denomination: €5
Diameter: 31mm
Weight: 17g
Edge: plain
Material: Silver alloy – 333/1000
Quality: Proof like
Designer: A. MICHELIOUDAKI

 

 

 


maximum issue 5,000 pieces


 

CARD BLISTER WITH A COLLECTOR SILVER €5 COIN DEDICATED TO: “CENTENARY OF THE ATHENS UNIVERSITY OF ECONOMICS AND BUSINESS”

This coin is dedicated to Athens Universiy of Economics and Business, a forefront university for economic and Financial education and research.

Coin specifications

Denomination: €5
Diameter: 31mm
Weight: 17g
Edge: plain
Material: Silver alloy – 333/1000

On reverse side: latent image
Quality: Proof like
Designer: G. STAMATOPOULOS

 


maximum issue 6,000 pieces


 

 


2020 Coinsets


 

· BLISTER SET CONTAINING ALL EIGHT DENOMINATIONS OF 2020 GREEK EURO COINS DEDICATED TO: “GREEK TOURISM – LESVOS” (maximum issue 10,000 pieces)

 

· €2 COMMEMORATIVE PROOF CIRCULATION COIN DEDICATED TO: “2,500 YEARS SINCE THE BATTLE OF THERMOPYLAE” (maximum issue 5,000 pieces)

· €2 COMMEMORATIVE PROOF CIRCULATION COIN DEDICATED TO: “100 YEARS SINCE THE UNION OF THRACE WITH GREECE” (maximum issue 2,000 pieces)

· CARD BLISTER WITH A €2 COMMEMORATIVE BRILIANT UNCIRCULATED COIN DEDICATED TO: “2,500 YEARS SINCE THE BATTLE OF THERMOPYLAE” (maximum issue 10,000 pieces)

· CARD BLISTER WITH A €2 COMMEMORATIVE BRILIANT UNCIRCULATED COIN DEDICATED TO: “100 YEARS SINCE THE UNION OF THRACE WITH GREECE” (maximum issue 5,000 pieces)

 

Sources: Bank of Greece and NUMISMAG.

7 Comments

  1. Michell

    3rd Feb 2020 - 11 h 56 min

    Coins with a face value of 5 euros will be exactly in silver? Previous issues were in copper-nickel alloy.

  2. Kiki

    4th Feb 2020 - 17 h 24 min

    Does anyone know where you can buy these coins?

    • col4

      5th Feb 2020 - 7 h 46 min

      You could send an e-mail to d25@glk.gr to receive newsletter on how and when to buy the coins being produced.

  3. Mario M. Mercado

    5th Feb 2020 - 19 h 23 min

    I am a collector. How do I order some of these coins?

    • col4

      13th Feb 2020 - 19 h 39 min

      You could send an e-mail to d25@glk.gr to receive newsletter on how and when to buy the coins being produced.

  4. Economo Daily

    26th May 2020 - 15 h 17 min

    Those are very nice coins. I have 2-3 of them in my collection, but will be happy to build it up.

  5. Mike

    16th Sep 2020 - 20 h 19 min

    So there’s no full proof set (8 + 2 comm coins) for 2020?

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