Greece – 10 euro silver, BATTLE OF THERMOPYLAE, 2020

2,500 YEARS SINCE THE BATTLE OF THERMOPYLAE. Although ending in defeat for the Greeks, the Battle of Thermopylae remains a timeless symbol of heroic resistance. The obverse of the coin features an ancient Greek hoplite, armed with helmet and shield, in a state of “heroic nudity”, against a dense background of spears, the main weapon of the hoplite phalanx. Inscribed on the shield

is the wording “THERMOPYLAE – 480 BC” and “LEONIDAS”, the name of the Spartan king who led the Greek troops in the Battle of Thermopylae. The reverse features Greek hoplites marching in against Persian warriors . The images of the Greeks have been taken from ancient Greek pottery and those of the Persians reproduce bas-reliefs from the palace of Darius in Persepolis. Visible at centre is the national coat of arms, surrounded by the wording “HELLENIC REPUBLIC” and “2,500 YEARS SINCE THE BATTLE OF THERMOPYLAE”

 

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Belgium – 2 Euro, Year of Plant Health, 2020 (coin card)

Belgium, 2 euro commemorative coin 2020, International Year of Plant Health (IYPH). Plant health is increasingly under threat. Climate change and human activities have altered ecosystems, reducing biodiversity and creating new niches where pests can thrive. At the same time, international travel and trade, which have tripled in volume in the last decade, can quickly spread pests and diseases around the world, causing great damage to native plants and the environment. To draw attention to these problem the UN declared 2020 to be the International Year of Plant Health (IYPH). Max. mintage: 150,000

Greece – 5 Euro silver proof, MYRTIS, 2020

 

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MYRTIS, 5 EURO SILVER COLLECTOR COIN 2020.

Myrtis is the name given by archaeologists to an 11-year-old girl from ancient Athens, whose remains were discovered in 1994–95 in a mass grave during work to build the metro station at Kerameikos, Greece.The name was chosen from common ancient Greek names. The analysis showed that Myrtis and two other bodies in the mass grave had died of typhoid fever during the Plague          of Athens in 430 B.C.

This coin gives us an idea of what an Athenian girl in Pericles’s time might have looked like. The obverse features a bust of Myrtis, a name conventionally given to an eleven-year-old girl who died in the Plague of Athens (430-426 BC) during the Peloponnesian War. Her perfectly preserved skull allowed scientists to recreate her facial features using the “Manchester method”. The rim is adorned with sprays of myrtle, as the girl’s name alludes to the myrtle tree. On the reverse is depicted the DNA sequence of Salmonella enterica serovar Typhi, a deadly pathogen causing typhoid fever that claimed thousands of lives during the Plague of Athens. At centre is the national coat of arms surrounded by the wording “HELLENIC REPUBLIC”. Myrtis was named a friend of the Millennium Development Goals by the United Nations Regional Information Centre and, as part of the UN campaign “We Can End Poverty”, sent her message to the world about disease prevention.


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France – 10 Euro Silver proof, MONA LISA, 2019

France, Mona Lisa 10 euro silver proof rectangular 2019. Dimentions 38 mm x 29,1 mm. The coin is the first issue from the new series “Masterpieces of Museum”, dedicated to the most famous masterpieces of all times. In this edition – Mona Lisa. The coin has a rectangular shape 38 mm x 29,1 mm. It is delivered in case with the Certificate of Authenticity. Mintage 3.000 coins.

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Finland – 2 Euro, Constitution Act, 2019

Finland’s national landscapes symbolise the Finnish character and have a generally recognised significance in Finland’s national culture, history and perception of nature. The obverse of the Finnish National Landscape Koli coin depicts the view from the summit of Koli. The commemorative coin is designed by Erkki Vainio on the basis of a photograph taken by Juha-Pekka Jarvenpaa.

The design shows three circular fields that are joined together at the centre. The three fields represent the trias politica, separation of powers into three different branches: a legislative, an executive, and a judiciary power. The year of issuance ‘2019’ is placed centre left. The indication of the issuing country ‘FI’ and the mint mark are placed bottom right.

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Estonia – 2 Euro, Tartu Peace Treaty, 2020 (coin card)

Estonia, 2 euro Commemorative Coin 2020, dedicated to the centenary of the Tartu Peace Treaty. The Tartu Peace Treaty was signed between Estonia and Soviet Russia on 2 February 1920 in Tartu, and it fixed the eastern border of Estonia, bringing an end to the War of Independence.

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Estonia – 2 Euro, Antarctic Expedition, 2020 (coin card)

Estonia, 2 euro Commemorative Coin 2020. This year is the 200th anniversary of the discovery of Antarctica. This important historical event is linked to Estonia because one of the first men to see Antarctica in 1820 was the Baltic German seafarer Fabian Gottlieb Benjamin von Bellingshausen, who was born in Saaremaa and who documented the discovery.

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Austria – 3 Euro, Supersaurs series – Mosasaurus, 2020

 

THE SUPERSAURS SERIES.

12 X 3-EURO SUPERSAURS: FASCINATING AND FRIGHTENING.

 

The Supersaurs series bring prehistoric giants back to life in the shape of 12 superb glow-in-the-dark coins. Each one is dedicated to a prehistoric behemoth and has a face value of three euros. Coin collecting is fun and the glow-in-the-dark Supersaur coins can bring prehistoric animals back to life both early in the day and late at night!

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