Greek 1 cent coins

The poorest member of the EU, Greece saw EMU as an essential step towards achieving its strategic and economic ambitions. In spite of the euro's weakness when Greece entered the euro-zone on January 1 2001, opinion polls showed that some 70 per cent of Greeks were in favour of membership. There was little attachment to the drachma, as europe's second-oldest currency was linked in Greek minds with economic and political backwardness. Greece leveraged the euro to encourage foreign direct investment with a view to the country becoming a business and transport hub, linking south-east Europe with EU markets.

The following 1 cent coins have circulated in Greece since the introduction of the Common European Currency on January 1, 2002:

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1 cent - Athenian triere

The Athenian triere (or trireme) was the largest battle ship for 200 years, dating from the time of the Athenian democracy and Kimon (5th century b.C.- Marine Museum). Triremes were the dominant warship in the Mediterranean from around 700 to 300 BC, when naval combat took place mainly by ramming enemy vessels which would typically break apart from ...

Krause - Mishler #181
Diameter 16.25 mm
Thickness 1.67 mm
Weight 2.27 gr
Composition Copper plated steel (94.35% steel - 5.65% copper)
Edge Smooth
Other information Designer: Ms A.Michelioudaki
Year Mintage Price Shop
2005 - Uncirculated 14,950,000 pieces € 0.25 Buy
2004 - Uncirculated 49,970,000 pieces € 0.25 Buy
2003 - Uncirculated 35,100,700 pieces € 0.45 Buy
2002 - Uncirculated 100,940,055 pieces € 0.30 Buy
2002 "F" - France - Uncirculated 15,000,000 pieces € 2.50 Buy
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