France – 50 Euro gold, VENUS OF MILO (GREECE), 2017

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france-50-euro-gold-venus-of-milo-2017Aphrodite of Milos (Venus de Milo) 2017, 50 Euro gold coin proof. Au 999/1000, diametre 22mm, weight 7,78g.

Mintage: 500

Aphrodite of Milos, better known as the Venus de Milo, is an ancient Greek statue and one of the most famous works of ancient Greek sculpture. Created sometime between 130 and 100 BC, the statue is believed to depict Aphrodite, the Greek goddess of love and beauty (Venus to the Romans). It is a marble sculpture, slightly larger than life size at 203 cm (6 ft 8 in) high. Part of an arm and the original plinth were lost following its discovery. From an inscription that was on its plinth, the statue is thought to be the work of Alexandros of Antioch; earlier, it was mistakenly attributed to the master sculptor Praxiteles. It is currently on permanent display at the Louvre Museum in Paris. The statue is named after the Greek island of Milos, where it was discovered.

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Greece – 50 Euro mini gold, Ancient Tiryns, 2013

Stele of Grave Circle A Mycenae

Stele of Grave Circle A Mycenae

Collector gold coin 50 Euro dedicated to the archeological site of Tiryns, which has been listed as a World Heritage Site by Unesco.

Both the obverse and the reverse of the coin feature Mycenaean decorative motifs. Tiryns is the second largest Mycenaean acropolis, after Mycenae, in the eastern Peloponnesian region of Argolis. The hill of Tiryns was first inhabited in the Neolithic age. The settlement grew and reached its apogee in the Mycenaean Age (1600-1200 B.C.).

Greece – 50 Euro mini gold 2013 dedicated to Ancient Tiryns. Au 100% – Weight 1g, diametre 14mm. Mintage 1.000 coins. Quality: proof

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Greece – 200 Euro Gold Proof, Hippocrates of Kos, 2013

Gold coin 200 Euro dedicated to Greek culture, Hippocrates of Kos, the Physician, 2013. Au 916.7 – weight 7.99g – diametre 22.10mm. Μintage 1.200 items in Proof Quality.

The obverse features a portrait of Hippocrates (460-377 B.C.), while the reverse features Asclepius healing patients. Continue reading

Vatican – Sede Vacante, 2013

Vatican - 5 Euro Silver Sede Vacante, 2013

Vatican – 5 Euro Silver Sede Vacante, 2013

Vatican - 10 Euro Gold Sede Vacante, 2013

Vatican – 10 Euro Gold Sede Vacante, 2013

On 11 February 2013, Pope Benedict announced his resignation in a speech in Latin before the cardinals, citing a “lack of strength of mind and body” due to his advanced age. His resignation became effective on 28 February 2013. He is the first pope to resign since Pope Gregory XII in 1415, and the first to do so on his own initiative since Pope Celestine V in 1294.

On 13 March 2013 the Conclave chose Jorge Mario Bergoglio (Francis) as the 266th Pope. To commemorate the transition of the Roman Catholic Church, the Vatican City has the right to mint coins of Sede Vacante for the 13 days of vacancy of the Holy See. This tradition has historical roots in the fourteenth century, but became a custom starting from the death of Leo X in 1521.

In June 2013, the Vatican City will be issuing three commemorative coins to mark this occasion: 2 Euro BU (mintage 111,000), 5 Euro Silver Proof (mintage 7,000), and 10 Euro Gold Proof (mintage 5,000). Continue reading

The Hellenic Numismatic Program of 2013

The Ministry of Finance has recently announced the Hellenic Numismatic Program of 2013, which will include the following products:

Commemorative coins

  • Commemorative 2 Euro Coin UNC issued to celebrate the “2400TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE FOUNDING OF PLATO’S ACADEMY”
  • Commemorative 2 Euro Coin UNC issued to celebrate the “100TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE UNION OF CRETE WITH GREECE”
  • Collectors’ blister skin pack with the 2 Euro Commemorative Coin issued to celebrate the “2400TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE FOUNDING OF PLATO’S ACADEMY”  (maximum mintage of 7,500 pieces)
  • Collectors’ blister skin pack with the 2 Euro Commemorative Coin issued to celebrate the “100TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE UNION OF CRETE WITH GREECE” (maximum mintage of 7,500 pieces) Continue reading