|El Greco, born Doménikos Theotokópoulos (1541 – 7 April 1614), was a painter, sculptor and architect of the Spanish Renaissance.
"El Greco" (The Greek) was a nickname, a reference to his national Greek origin, and the artist normally signed his paintings with his full birth name in Greek letters. He was born in Crete, which was at that time part of the Republic of Venice, and the center of Post-Byzantine art.
The inner part of the coin shows a portrait of Domenikos Theotokopoulos. The background features a typical figure from his work, illustrative of his technique. On the left: the year 2014 and the characteristic signature of the artist (‘Domenikos Theotokopoulos Epoiei’). On the right: the mint mark of the Greek State Mint. The entire design is encircled in an inscription reading in Greek ‘DOMENIKOS THEOTOKOPOULOS 1541-1614’ (‘ΔΟΜΗΝΙΚΟΣ ΘΕΟΤΟΚΟΠΟΥΛΟΣ 1541-1614’) and the name of the issuing country ‘HELLENIC REPUBLIC’(‘ΕΛΛΗΝΙΚΗ ΔΗΜΟΚΡΑΤΙΑ’). The coin's outer ring depicts the 12 stars of the European flag.
Issue date: 24 September 2014
Diameter - 25.75mm
Thickness - 2.2mm
Weight - 8.5gr
|Edge lettering (Hellenic Republic), fine milled