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 – 10 Euro Silver Proof, SAPPHO, 2017

GREEK CULTURE-LYRIC POETS-SAPPHO. Silver coin dedicated to Greek culture. Ag 925, weight 34.1g, diametre 40mm. Μintage 2000 items in Proof Quality.

Sappho (c. 630 – c. 570 BC) was an archaic Greek poet from the island of Lesbos. Sappho wrote lyric poetry and is best known for her poems about love.

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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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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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