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 – 5 Euro, Constantine Cavafy, 2013

Collector coin 5 Euro, 2013 commemorating the 150 years from the birth and the 80 years from the death of Greek famous poet Constantine Cavafy (1863-1933), offered in blister.

Constantine Cavafy is one of modern Greece’s most important poets and perhaps the best known and most translated. He was born and lived in cosmopolitan Alexandria, then – like in Hellenistic times – a crossroads of cultures. He wrote relatively few and short poems, which he worked and reworked with minute care. He used austere means of expression and mostly free verse, far from the conventions of his time, with a deeply personal style and idiosyncratic language, between the scholarly katharevousa and the demotic. Distinctive features of his poetry are dramatic style, irony, sensuality and philosophical contemplation, often inspired by historical figures and events.

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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

Greece – 2 Euro, 2400 years anniversary of Plato’s Academy, 2013

Commemorative coin 2 Euro issued to celebrate the 2400 anniversary of the foundation of Plato’s Academy.

The Athenian philosopher Plato (427-347 BC) was the most distinguished disciple of Socrates and the one most credited with preserving the Socratic teachings for posterity in his Dialogues. Upon his return to Athens from a first journey to Italy in 387 BC he founded a philosophical school in the area of Academia (today’s Kolonos, Athens) named after the local hero  Academos.

For nearly 1000 years  (until 529 AD), the Academy enjoyed a reputation for excellence, building on and renewing the teaching of its founder. The ideas of the Academy were transmitted to the Arab world, and from there to Medieval Europe. The word academy and its derivatives are used today in nearly all languages for notions associated with higher learning, the scholarly community and prestigious cultural institutions.

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Greece – 2 Euro, 100th anniversary of the union of Crete with Greece, 2013

Commemorative coin 2 Euro issued to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the union of Crete with Greece.

The history and fate of the “Great Island” of Crete were always inextricably connected with those of mainland Greece. Strategically situated between Europe, Asia and Africa, Crete fell to a series of conquerors, from the Romans and the Saracens to the Venetians and the Ottomans.

Union with the modern Greek state was hard won by the Cretans after several violent uprisings, including the Cretan Revolt of 1866 marked by the self-sacrifice of hundreds of besieged at the Arcadi Monastery. After the revolt of 1897-98, the island was declared an autonomous ‘Cretan State’, with Prince George of Greece appointed its High Commissioner. Crete was formally integrated into Greece under the Treaty of London in 1913, after the Balkan Wars of 1912-13.

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Greece – 10 Euro Silver Proof, Sophocles, 2013

Sophocles, silver coin dedicated to Greek culture, 2013. Ag 925, weight 34.1g, diametre 40mm. Μintage 1,000 items in Proof Quality.

Sophocles (Greek: Σοφοκλῆς, c. 496 BC – winter 406 BC) is one of three ancient Greek tragedians whose plays have survived (the others being Aeschylus and Euripides). Continue reading

Greece – 10 Euro Silver Proof, Pythagoras of Samos, 2013

Silver coin dedicated to Greek culture, Philosophers – Pythagoras of Samos. Ag 925, weight 34.1g, diametre 40mm. Μintage 1,000 items in Proof Quality.

Pythagoras of Samos (Ancient Greek: Πυθαγόρας ὁ Σάμιος, c. 570 BC – c. 495 BC) was an Ionian Greek philosopher, mathematician, and founder of the religious movement called Pythagoreanism.

Pythagoras made influential contributions to philosophy and religious teaching in the late 6th century BC. He is often revered as a great mathematician, mystic and scientist, but he is best known for the Pythagorean theorem which bears his name and has influenced the design of this commemorative coin.

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