All Countries – Complete collection, 35 commemorative 2 Euro coins, 2012 (in vitrine)

The complete collection of 35 commemorative 2 Euro coins issued in 2012 by all Euro zone countries, all in capsules placed in luxury wooden vitrine (excluding commemorative coins of the small states).

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San Marino – 2 Euro 10 Years Euro cash, 2012

In 2012 the 17 euro-area countries issued a common commemorative coin dedicated to the 10 years since the introduction of Euro cash as a transaction currency.

The inner part of the coin, designed by Helmut Andexlinger of the Austrian Mint and chosen by citizens and residents of the euro area to be the common commemorative coin for 2012, features the world in the form of a euro symbol in the centre, showing how the euro has become a true global player over the last ten years.

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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