Vatican – 2 Euro, 7th World Meeting of the Families, 2012

Vatican City 2 Euro 2012. The inner part of the coin features a family, with the Cathedral of Milan, the host city of the Seventh World Meeting of Families, in the background. The event is held every three years to highlight the family as a common human heritage, reflecting the fact that the family is universal and that it contributes to the human element of life everywhere in the world. Inscribed around the family scene are the names of the event and of the Vatican City in Italian and the year “2012”. The mintmark “R” appears between the boy and his mother. The coin’s outer ring depicts the 12 stars of the European Union.

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Great Britain – £2 Britannia 1 oz Silver Bullion, 2013

The Original. Now with 0.999 Purity. While silver Britannia has always offered beauty and reliability it now also gives you 0.999 purity. The legendary figure of Britannia has symbolised Britain’s strength and integrity on coinage since Roman times. Continue reading

Cyprus – 5 Euro Silver PROOF, EU Presidency, 2012

The coin is issued on the occasion of the Cyprus Presidency of the Council of the European Union. The depiction on the coin is a motif from a “lefkaritiko” lace, the traditional embroidery of Lefkara village. The lefkaritiko embroidery is included in UNESCO’s Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. It is a characteristic example of Cyprus’s cultural tradition and reflects the island’s hospitality. The wavy circles around the motif symbolise the Mediterranean Sea surrounding Cyprus.

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Greece – 10 Euro Silver Proof, Greek culture, Socrates, 2012

SOCRATES (469-399 BC). Socrates, the Athenian philosopher, was one of the most prominent figures of ancient Greek culture. He devoted himself to discussing philosophy with people from all walks of life in the city’s public venues, but, unlike the sophists, refused payment for his teachings. As he left no written work, knowledge of his teachings has reached us through the writings of his students, foremost amongst them Plato. Continue reading

Greece – 10 Euro Silver Proof, Greek culture, Aeschylus, 2012

AESCHYLUS (525/524-456/455 BC). The first of Athens’ three great tragic poets of the 5th century BC, Aeschylus was born in Eleusis, Attica and was nurtured by Athenian democracy, as shaped by Cleisthenes’ reforms. With the new dramatic conventions that he introduced, i.e. a second actor and smaller choral parts, Aeschylus is largely credited with giving Greek tragedy its standard form and with elevating it to artistic heights. Continue reading

Greece – 100 Euro gold, the Liberation of Thessaloniki, 2012

Collector coin gold with a nominal value of 100 Euro commemorating the centennial of the liberation of Thessaloniki, 1912-2012. The obverse of the coin features a circular gold foil with a rosette at its centre silhouetted against the Greek flag. The reverse of the coin features the White Tower of Thessaloniki and the coat of arms of the Hellenic Republic, flanked by stylized laurel leaves. Continue reading