- Greek euro coins
Greek euro coins feature a unique design for each 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. [http://www.bankofgreece.gr] 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. Greecedid 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 Athensbut 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.
Greek euro design
For images of the common side and a detailed description of the coins, see
euro coins.Coin image box 8 singles
header = Depiction of Greek euro coinage
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denom_1 = € 0.01
denom_2 = € 0.02
denom_3 = € 0.05
caption_1 = An Athenian
triremeof the 5th century BC
caption_2 = A
corvette(or "dromon") of the early 19th century
caption_3 = A modern tanker, symbol of Greek enterprise
denom_4 = € 0.10
denom_5 = € 0.20
denom_6 = € 0.50
Rigas Feraios, Greek writer and revolutionary
Ioannis Kapodistrias, Greece's first statesman
Eleftherios Venizelos, Greek politician
denom_7 = € 1.00
denom_8 = € 2.00
header_9 = € 2 Coin Edge
box_9 = The words "Hellenic Republic" in Greek script (ΕΛΛΗΝΙΚΗ ΔΗΜΟΚΡΑΤΙΑ)
caption_7 = Picture of a 5th century BC 4 drachma coin of
Athens(a coin in a coin)
caption_8 = The abduction of Europa by
Zeusin the form of a bull
Circulating Mintage quantities
Future changes to national sides
"The national sides of all denominations of the euro circulation coins should bear an indication of the issuing Member State by means of the Member State’s name or an abbreviation of it.
"The national side should not repeat any indication on the denomination, or any parts thereof, of the coin neither should it repeat the name of the single currency or of its subdivision, unless such indication stems from the use of a different alphabet.
"This Recommendation should apply to national sides and edge letterings of both normal and commemorative euro circulation coins. It should not apply to the national sides and edge letterings of both normal and commemorative euro circulation coins which have been first issued prior to the adoption of this Recommendation."
The above paragraphs, in essence, requires 5 of the eurozone members to change their national designs. Finland was the first state when they changed its design in 2007, Belgium did so in 2008 while Greece is still pending.
€2 commemorative coins
* [http://www.ecb.int/bc/euro/coins/html/gr.en.html European Central Bank – Information about the Greek euro coins]
* [http://www.bankofgreece.gr Bank of Greece]
* [http://www.geocities.com/greekcurrency History of Greek Banknotes]
* [http://www.muenzenmagazin.de/startseite0401/2_EUR-Gedenkmz.htm 2004 Greek €2 commemorative coin]
* [http://www.ibiblio.org/theeuro/files/files.nat/greece.s01.htm The Euro Information Website – Greece]
* [http://eur-lex.europa.eu/LexUriServ/site/en/oj/2005/l_186/l_18620050718en00010002.pdf Common guidelines for the national sides of euro circulation coins]
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