Greece 2 euros 2006 - Europa abducted by Zeus

Obverse of Greece 2 euros 2006 - Europa abducted by Zeus Reverse of Greece 2 euros 2006 - Europa abducted by Zeus

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Krause - Mishler KM# 188
Details Portrays a scene from a mosaic in Sparta (third century AD), showing Europa being abducted by Zeus, who has taken the form of a bull. In Greek mythology Europa was a beautiful Phoenician princess, daughter of Agenor and Telephassa. Zeus saw her gathering flowers and immediately fell in love with her. Zeus transformed himself into a white bull and carried Europa away to the island of Crete. He then revealed his true identity and Europa became the first queen of Crete.

Europa has lent her name to the continent of Europe, which is called Europa in all Germanic languages (except English), and in all Slavic languages which use the Latin alphabet, as well as in Greek and Latin.
Specifications Diameter - 25.75mm Thickness - 2.2mm Weight - 8.5gr
Composition BiAlloy (Nk/Ng), ring Cupronickel (75% copper - 25% nickel clad on nickel core), center Nickel brass (75% copper - 20% zinc - 5% nickel)
Edge Edge lettering (Hellenic Republic), fine milled
Comments Designer: G.Stamatopoulos - 2 Varieties (A and B)
Mintage 950,000 pieces

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