Greek 2 euros 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 2 euros coins have circulated in Greece since the introduction of the Common European Currency on January 1, 2002:

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Obverse of Greek 2 euros coin /images/currency/KM-pending/KM-29_2014a.jpg
2 euros - Union of the Ionian Islands with Greece

The coin celebrates the 150th Anniversary of the Union of the Ionian Islands with Greece.
The Ionian Islands are a group of islands in Greece, traditionally called the Heptanese, i.e. "the Seven Islands". From 1204, the Republic of Venice controlled Corfu and slowly all the Ionian islands fell under Venetian rule. In 1797 Napoléon Bonaparte conquered ...

Diameter 25.75 mm
Thickness 2.2 mm
Weight 8.5 gr
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
Other information Designer: M. Antonatou
Year Mintage Price Shop
2014 - Uncirculated 750,000 pieces € 3.35 Buy
Obverse of Greek 2 euros coin /images/currency/KM-pending/KM-28_2014a.jpg
2 euros - 400 Years since the Death of El Greco

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 ...

Diameter 25.75 mm
Thickness 2.2 mm
Weight 8.5 gr
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
Other information Designer: M. Antonatou
Year Mintage Price Shop
2014 - Uncirculated 750,000 pieces € 3.50 Buy
Obverse of Greek 2 euros coin /images/currency/KM-pending/KM-101_2013a.jpg
2 euros - Union of Crete with Greece

The Cretan State was established in 1898, following the intervention by the Great Powers (Britain, France, Italy and Russia) on the island of Crete.
In 1897 an insurrection in Crete led the Ottoman Empire to declare war on Greece, which led Great Britain, France, Italy and Russia to intervene on the grounds that the Ottoman Empire could no longer ...

Krause - Mishler #253
Diameter 25.75 mm
Thickness 2.2 mm
Weight 8.5 gr
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
Other information Issued in July 2013
Year Mintage Price Shop
2013 - Uncirculated 750,000 pieces - View
Obverse of Greek 2 euros coin /images/currency/KM-pending/KM-100_2013a.jpg
2 euros - Founding of the Platonic Academy

The Academy was founded by Plato in ca. 387 BC in Athens. Aristotle studied there for twenty years before founding his own school, the Lyceum.
The Academy persisted throughout the Hellenistic period as a skeptical school, until coming to an end after the death of Philo of Larissa in 83 BC. Although philosophers continued to teach Plato's philosophy ...

Krause - Mishler #252
Diameter 25.75 mm
Thickness 2.2 mm
Weight 8.5 gr
Composition BiAlloy (Nk/Ng), ring Cupronickel (75% copper - 25% nickel clad on nickel core), center Nickel brass
Edge Edge lettering (Hellenic Republic), fine milled
Other information Issued on 8 July 2013
Year Mintage Price Shop
2013 - Uncirculated 750,000 pieces € 3.45 Buy
Obverse of Greek 2 euros coin /images/currency/km-pending/km-16_2012a.jpg
2 euros - 10 years of euro banknotes and coins

On 1 January 2002, euro banknotes and coins were introduced in 12 Member States of the European Union. The introduction of the euro cash was an unprecedented challenge, but it went smoothly, and billions of banknotes and coins started to circulate in a matter of days. Five more Member States adopted the euro in later years, so a total of 17 Member ...

Krause - Mishler #245
Diameter 25.75 mm
Thickness 2.2 mm
Weight 8.5 gr
Composition BiAlloy (Nk/Ng), ring Cupronickel (75% copper - 25% nickel clad on nickel core), center Nickel brass
Edge Edge lettering (Hellenic Republic), fine milled
Other information Designer: Helmut Andexlinger
Year Mintage Price Shop
2012 - Uncirculated 1,000,000 pieces € 3.25 Buy
Obverse of Greek 2 euros coin /images/currency/KM200/KM188_2002a.jpg
2 euros - Europa abducted by Zeus

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 ...

Krause - Mishler #215
Diameter 25.75 mm
Thickness 2.2 mm
Weight 8.5 gr
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
Other information Designer: G.Stamatopoulos - 2 Varieties (A and B)
Year Mintage Price Shop
2012 - Uncirculated 1,000,000 pieces - View
2011 - Uncirculated 15,000 pieces € 47.30 Buy
2010 - Uncirculated 1,975,000 pieces € 5.50 Buy
Obverse of Greek 2 euros coin /images/currency/KM-pending/KM-4_2011a.jpg
2 euros - XIII Special Olympics World Summer Games

The 2011 Special Olympics World Summer Games were held during Summer 2011 in Athens, Greece, from 25 June to 4 July 2011. Special Olympics is a non-profit organization that was officially founded in 1968, giving form to the vision of it's founder, Eunice Kennedy-Shriver (1921-2009), sister of USA President John F Kennedy.
The center of the coin ...

Krause - Mishler #239
Diameter 25.75 mm
Thickness 2.2 mm
Weight 8.5 gr
Composition BiAlloy (Nk/Ng), ring Cupronickel (75% copper - 25% nickel clad on nickel core), center Nickel brass
Edge Edge lettering (Hellenic Republic), fine milled
Other information Designer: Georgios Stamatopoulos

Legend: XIII SPECIAL OLYMPICS W.S.G. ATHENS 2011 - HELLENIC REPUBLIC
Year Mintage Price Shop
2011 - Uncirculated 1,000,000 pieces € 3.75 Buy
Obverse of Greek 2 euros coin /images/currency/KM-pending/KM-3_2010a.jpg
2 euros - 25th Centenary of the Battle of Marathon

The Battle of Marathon took place in 490 BC, during the first Persian invasion of Greece. It was fought between the citizens of Athens, aided by Plataea, and a Persian force commanded by Datis and Artaphernes. It was the culmination of the first attempt by Persia, under King Darius I, to subjugate Greece.
The inner part of the coin shows a synthesis ...

Krause - Mishler #236
Diameter 25.75 mm
Thickness 2.2 mm
Weight 8.5 gr
Composition BiAlloy (Nk/Ng), ring Cupronickel (75% copper - 25% nickel clad on nickel core), center Nickel brass
Edge Edge lettering (Hellenic Republic), fine milled
Year Mintage Price Shop
2010 - Uncirculated 2,500,000 pieces € 4.40 Buy
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Euro collector coin issues

According to the Conclusions of the Ecofin Council meeting on January 31, 2000, to ensure that Euro collector coins will be readily distinguishable from Euro coins intended for circulation, the coins must bide to the following rules:

  • The face value of collector coins should be different from that of the coins intended for circulation (i.e. Euro coins cannot have a face value equal to the 8 denominations: 1, 2, 5, 10, 20, 50 Euro cent and 1 and 2 Euro)
  • Collector coins should not use images, which are similar to the common sides of the euro coins intended for circulation. Furthermore, as far as possible, the designs used should also be at least slightly different from those of the national sides of circulation coins
  • Out of colour, diameter and thickness, euro collector coins should differ significantly from the coins intended for circulation in two respects
    1. Collector coins should not have a shaped edge with fine scallops, or "Spanish flower"
    2. The identity of the issuing Member State should be clearly and easily recognisable

Euro collector coins may be sold at or above face value and the approval for the volume of collector coins issue should be sought on an aggregate basis rather than for each individual issue. With respect to collector coins' denominations, that may coincide with the low denominations of euro banknotes, there does not seem to exist any significant risk of substitution. However, Member States should stand ready to consider any demands by the ECB on this matter. While Euro collector coins will have legal tender status in the issuing Member State, the competent authorities (NCBs, Mints or other institutions) should set up temporary arrangements through which owners of euro collector coins issued in other euro area Member States can receive the face value of those coins while bearing the costs related to this transaction.