Greece Euro 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 Eurozone 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.

Greek euro coins feature a unique design for every one of the eight coins and they were all designed by Georgios Stamatopoulos.

  • The minor coins depict Greek ships
  • The middle coins portray famous Greeks
  • The two large denominations show images of Greek history and mythology

All designs feature the 12 stars of the EU, the year of imprint and a tiny symbol of the Bank of Greece (the anthemion flower). Uniquely, the value of the coins is expressed on the national side in the Greek alphabet, as well as being on the common side in the Roman alphabet. The euro cent is known as the lepto (plural lepta) in Greek, in reference to the former currency, the drachma, which was divided into 100 lepta.

The Greek 2 euro coin edge inscription

Edge
Type AThe edge of the Greek euro coins
Type BThe edge of the Greek euro coins
 
Hellenic Republic - Due to the process of inscribing the edge, two "types" occur

Mintmarks on Greek euro coins

2 Euro 1 Euro 10, 20, 50 Cents 1, 2, 5 Cents
Anthemion flower S - Suomi (Finland) Anthemion flower S - Suomi (Finland) Anthemion flower E - España Anthemion flower F - France

Greece did not enter the Eurozone until 2001 and was not able to start minting coins as early as the other eleven member states, so a number of coins circulated in 2002 were not minted in Athens but in Finland (€1 and €2 - mint mark S = Suomi), France (1c, 2c, 5c, 10c and 50c - mint mark F) and Spain (20c - mint mark E = España). The coins minted in Athens for the Euro introduction in 2002 as well as all the subsequent Greek euro coins do not carry any mint mark. Please take a look at The Greek national Mint.

Image of Greece 2 euros coin
Greece 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 ... [ More ]

Year Mintage Price Shop
2012 1,000,000 pieces - View
2011 15,000 pieces € 38.50 Buy
2010 1,975,000 pieces € 5.50 Buy
2009 982,500 pieces € 5.70 Buy
2008 1,007,522 pieces € 5.50 Buy
2007 20,000 pieces - View
2006 950,000 pieces € 5.00 Buy
2005 950,000 pieces € 5.80 Buy
2004 30,000 pieces - View
2003 450,700 pieces € 6.00 Buy
2002 75,340,055 pieces € 4.60 Buy
2002 "S" - Suomi 70,000,000 pieces € 4.70 Buy
Image of Greece 1 euro coin
Greece 1 euro - Owl

The owl, symbol of goddess Athena, as it was depicted on an ancient Greek tetradrachm (5th century b.C.). Athena was patron of the crafts, wisdom and battle. She became the patron goddess of the city of Athens, in a competition with Poseidon. They agreed ... [ More ]

Year Mintage Price Shop
2012 Unknown - View
2011 6,975,000 pieces € 1.95 Buy
2010 10,975,000 pieces € 2.90 Buy
2009 17,975,000 pieces € 2.90 Buy
2008 4,001,726 pieces € 2.20 Buy
2007 24,167,900 pieces € 2.20 Buy
2006 9,950,000 pieces € 2.20 Buy
2005 9,950,000 pieces € 2.80 Buy
2004 9,970,000 pieces € 2.25 Buy
2003 11,600,700 pieces € 3.00 Buy
2002 61,440,055 pieces € 2.20 Buy
2002 "S" - Suomi 50,000,000 pieces € 2.25 Buy
Image of Greece 50 cents coin
Greece 50 cents - Eleytherios Venizelos

Eleytherios Venizelos (1864-1936), one of the most prominent political figures in Hellas. He was a pioneer in social reform, a renowned diplomat and played a key role in modernising the Greek state and the victorious military campaigns of 1912-1920, liberating ... [ More ]

Year Mintage Price Shop
2012 Unknown - View
2011 6,965,000 pieces € 1.20 Buy
2010 5,975,000 pieces € 1.50 Buy
2009 6,975,000 pieces € 1.50 Buy
2008 10,019,641 pieces € 1.20 Buy
2007 952,239 pieces € 1.50 Buy
2006 950,000 pieces € 1.20 Buy
2005 950,000 pieces € 1.20 Buy
2004 470,000 pieces € 1.50 Buy
2003 600,700 pieces € 1.60 Buy
2002 92,940,055 pieces € 1.50 Buy
2002 "F" - France 70,000,000 pieces € 1.80 Buy
Image of Greece 20 cents coin
Greece 20 cents - Ioannis Kapodistrias

Ioannis Kapodistrias (1776-1831), a distinguished national and European politician and diplomat, who became the first Governor of Hellas (1830-31) following the Greek War of Independence (1821-27). After taking charge of the final stage of the revolution ... [ More ]

Year Mintage Price Shop
2012 Unknown - View
2011 975,000 pieces € 0.65 Buy
2010 11,975,000 pieces € 0.75 Buy
2009 23,975,000 pieces € 0.65 Buy
2008 20,003,617 pieces € 0.75 Buy
2007 955,113 pieces € 0.80 Buy
2006 950,000 pieces € 0.70 Buy
2005 950,000 pieces € 1.00 Buy
2004 470,000 pieces € 1.70 Buy
2003 700,700 pieces € 1.10 Buy
2002 208,940,055 pieces € 0.80 Buy
2002 "E" - Espana 120,000,000 pieces € 0.70 Buy
Image of Greece 10 cents coin
Greece 10 cents - Rigas-Fereos Velestinlis

Rigas-Fereos (Velestinlis) (1757-1798) was a forerunner and leading figure of the Greek enlightenment and confederation. He was the first to visualize the liberation of the Balkans from the Ottoman Empire and was executed by the Ottomans in 1798 after ... [ More ]

Year Mintage Price Shop
2013 19,980,000 pieces € 0.55 Buy
2012 Unknown - View
2011 35,965,000 pieces € 0.50 Buy
2010 4,975,000 pieces € 0.50 Buy
2009 45,975,000 pieces € 0.55 Buy
2008 40,578,476 pieces € 0.55 Buy
2007 60,044,185 pieces € 0.55 Buy
2006 44,950,000 pieces € 0.55 Buy
2005 24,950,000 pieces € 0.50 Buy
2004 9,970,000 pieces € 0.55 Buy
2003 500,700 pieces € 1.00 Buy
2002 138,940,055 pieces € 0.60 Buy
2002 "F" - France 100,000,000 pieces € 0.50 Buy
Image of Greece 5 cents coin
Greece 5 cents - Modern tanker ship

The contemporary tanker ship is a symbol of the maritine heritage of the country reflecting the innovative spirits of Greek shipping [ More ]

Year Mintage Price Shop
2015 Unknown € 0.40 Buy
2014 Unknown € 0.40 Buy
2012 5,000,000 pieces € 0.30 Buy
2011 33,965,000 pieces € 0.40 Buy
2010 4,975,000 pieces € 0.35 Buy
2009 37,975,000 pieces € 0.40 Buy
2008 50,000,713 pieces € 0.35 Buy
2007 55,005,598 pieces € 0.35 Buy
2006 49,950,000 pieces € 0.35 Buy
2005 950,000 pieces € 0.35 Buy
2004 220,000 pieces € 2.00 Buy
2003 650,700 pieces € 3.50 Buy
2002 210,940,055 pieces € 0.40 Buy
2002 "F" - France 90,000,000 pieces € 0.45 Buy
Image of Greece 2 cents coin
Greece 2 cents - Corvette

Corvettes are small, maneuverable, lightly-armed warship, smaller than a frigate, and they were heavily used during the Hellenic liberation fight (1821-1827). When referring to sailing ships, a corvette is a ship-rigged sloop. Almost all modern navies ... [ More ]

Year Mintage Price Shop
2015 Unknown € 0.35 Buy
2014 Unknown € 0.35 Buy
2013 40,980,000 pieces € 0.25 Buy
2012 34,000,000 pieces € 0.25 Buy
2011 46,965,000 pieces € 0.35 Buy
2010 30,975,000 pieces € 0.30 Buy
2009 15,975,000 pieces € 0.40 Buy
2008 68,009,877 pieces € 0.35 Buy
2007 25,000,103 pieces € 0.25 Buy
2006 44,950,000 pieces € 0.35 Buy
2005 14,950,000 pieces € 0.30 Buy
2004 24,970,000 pieces € 0.30 Buy
2003 940,070 pieces € 0.25 Buy
2002 175,940,055 pieces € 0.35 Buy
2002 "F" - France 18,000,000 pieces € 3.00 Buy
Image of Greece 1 cent coin
Greece 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, ... [ More ]

Year Mintage Price Shop
2015 Unknown € 0.30 Buy
2014 Unknown € 0.30 Buy
2013 43,980,000 pieces € 0.40 Buy
2012 48,000,000 pieces € 0.25 Buy
2011 34,965,000 pieces € 0.30 Buy
2010 26,975,000 pieces € 0.25 Buy
2009 49,975,000 pieces € 0.20 Buy
2008 24,001,977 pieces € 0.25 Buy
2007 60,001,681 pieces € 0.20 Buy
2006 44,950,000 pieces € 0.25 Buy
2005 14,950,000 pieces € 0.25 Buy
2004 49,970,000 pieces € 0.25 Buy
2003 35,100,700 pieces € 0.45 Buy
2002 100,940,055 pieces € 0.30 Buy
2002 "F" - France 15,000,000 pieces € 2.50 Buy