|Following the Press Release (12.03.2012) of the Deputy Minister of Finance regarding the Hellenic Numismatic Program 2012, the General Accounting Office (G.A.O.) authorised the Bank of Greece to dispense to the public Blister Sets containing all eight denominations of Brilliant Uncirculated (BU) Greek Euro Coins. The blister is dedicated to the “The island of Santorini”, which has been voted to be the best island in the world for 2011 by a vote over the Internet organized by Travel & Leisure NY.
The Cycladic island of Santorini, also known by its ancient name of Thera, is one of the top tourist destinations in the world, thanks to its unique volcanic landscape dominated by the impressive Caldera, as shaped by a volcanic eruption in the Bronze Age. The island was an important centre of Cycladic civilisation, one of the earliest civilisations in Europe, as can be seen from the remarkably well-preserved remains uncovered at the prehistoric site of Akrotiri. Santorini also enchants its visitors with its traditional villages and vernacular architecture, as well as with its renowned wines and other products.