Greece – 2 Euro, Archeological site of Philippi, 2017 (proof)

Greece – 2 Euro, Archeological site of Philippi, 2017 (proof)

greece-2-euro-2017-philippi-proof_1Philippi was a city in eastern Macedonia, in the Edonis region. Its original name was Crenides after its establishment by Thasian colonists in 360/359 BC. The city was renamed by Philip II of Macedon in 356 BC and abandoned in the 14th century after the Ottoman conquest. The present municipality, Filippoi, is located near the ruins of the ancient city and is part of the region of East Macedonia and Thrace in Kavalla, Greece. It was made a World Heritage Site in 2016.

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Greece – 2 Euro, NIKOS KAZANTZAKIS, 2017 (coin card)

Commemorative 2 Euro 2017, 60 YEARS IN MEMORIAM OF NIKOS KAZANTZAKIS (1883-1957).

Universally recognised as a giant of modern Greek literature, Kazantzakis was nominated for the Nobel Prize in nine different years.

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Italy – 2 Euro, SAN MARCO VENEZIA, 2017 (PROOF)

 

Italy, 2 euro commemorative coin dedicated to 400 years of Saint Mark’s Basilica in Venice, mintage 8.000 coins.
Saint Mark’s Basilica is the cathedral church of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Venice, northern Italy. It is the most famous of the city’s churches and one of the best known examples of Italo-Byzantine architecture. It lies at the eastern end of the Piazza San Marco, adjacent and connected to the Doge’s Palace. Originally it was the chapel of the Doge, and has only been the city’s cathedral since 1807, when it became the seat of the Patriarch of Venice, archbishop of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Venice, formerly at San Pietro di Castello.

 

France – 2 Euro, 70 years of peace in Europe, 2015

Europa – 70 years of Peace in Europe. The Union’s motto is “Unity in diversity”, it characterizes the way Europeans did gather, creating the European Union to act in favor of peace and prosperity, taking the most of the continent’s different cultures, traditions and languages. The dove is a peace symbol. It comes from the story of Noah’s ark. The dove carries the sign of the end of the flood that endangers the ark. The dove is carrying an olive branch and announces peace on earth.

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San Marino – 2 Euro BU, Giacomo Puccini, 2014

Coin dedicated to 90th Anniversary of the Death of Giacomo Puccini. Quality Brilliant Uncirculated.
Giacomo Puccini was an Italian composer, born on December 22, 1858 in Lucca, died on 29 November 1924 in Brussels. He wrote a total of 12 operas. His most famous works are the opera “Manon Lescaut” and “La Fanciulla del West”

Greece – 2 Euro, Union of Ionian Islands with Greece, 2014

Commemorative 2 euro coins issued to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the union of the Ionian Islands with Greece.

The ‘Seven Point Star’ symbolizes the “Ionian Dimension” (“ΙΟΝΙΑ ΔΙΑΣΤΑΣΗ”): the ‘Group of Seven Islands’ in the Ionian Sea bore and inspired outstanding representatives in the fields of Art, important musicians, poets, painters and politicians. Clockwise from top, the visuals symbolize the following islands: Corfu’s emblem is the “apedalos naus” (“ΑΠΗΔΑΛΟ ΝΑΥΣ”: ship without steering gear), as ‘Great Nautical Powers’ were attributed to the island and its sailors were well known for their nautical abilities and skills since ancient times .  Zakynthos is represented by the sacrificial tripod of Apollo — Ithaca: Odysseus is depicted with the anciant hat Pileus “ΠΙΛΟ” — Paxi’s emblem is a trident “ΤΡΙΠΟΥΣ”: according to a mythological tale, it was created when Poseidon hit the island of Corfu with his trident, splitting it in two — Kythira, the island of celestial Aphrodite, is symbolized by her ‘emergence from the sea’ “ΚΥΘΕΡEΙΑ ΑΦΡΟΔΙΤΗ” — Lefkada is represented by the ‘Apolonian harp’ (“Απολλώνια Άρπα”), symbol for its ‘Great Musical Tradition’ — Cephalonia’s emblem is its mythical hero Cephalus, depicted with his hound and spear.

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Greece – 2 Euro, DOMENIKOS THEOTOKOPOULOS, 2014

EL GRECO. Commemorative 2 euro coin issued to commemorate the 400 years since the death of Domenikos Theotokopoulos.

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.

El Greco was born in Crete, which was at that time part of the Republic of Venice, and the center of Post-Byzantine art. He trained and became a master within that tradition before traveling at age 26 to Venice, as other Greek artists had done. In 1570 he moved to Rome, where he opened a workshop and executed a series of works. During his stay in Italy, El Greco enriched his style with elements of Mannerism and of the Venetian Renaissance. In 1577, he moved to Toledo, Spain, where he lived and worked until his death. In Toledo, El Greco received several major commissions and produced his best-known paintings.

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