Greece – 100 Euro gold APOLLO, 2018

Apollo, son of Zeus and Leto and twin brother of Artemis, was the god of light, music and the arts, as well as of prophecy, healing, measure and harmony. He was born on the island of Delos, at the centre of the Cyclades, where the Delia festivals were held in his honour. After slaying the serpent Python, he founded the famous oracle in Delphi, where the Pythian Games were celebrated. Other important sanctuaries of Apollo existed in Amyclae (near Sparta), Bassae in Arcadia (Temple of Apollo Epikourios) and Didyma (Asia Minor). Apollo was traditionally portrayed as a beardless, ideal youth, holding a lyre and sometimes a bow, as he was not without his dark side, being the god of plague and a punisher of hubris. Some of his other epithets were Phoebus, loxias (in reference to his ambiguous oracles) and musagetes (leader of the Muses).

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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 – 10 Euro Silver Proof, Hippocrates of Kos, 2013

Silver coin dedicated to Greek culture, Hippocrates of Kos, the Physician, 2013. Ag 925, weight 34.1g, diametre 40mm. Μintage 1,000 items in Proof Quality.

The obverse features a portrait of Hippocrates (460-377 B.C.), while the reverse features Asclepius healing patients. Hippocrates of Kos is regarded as the father of Western medicine for basing the art of healing on rational principles and liberating it from divine causality and superstition. Continue reading

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