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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The Hellenic Numismatic Programme of 2020

The Ministry of Finance of Greece has announced the Hellenic Numismatic Programme of 2020 which shall include the issue of the following products:

                I.   COMMEMORATIVE CIRCULATION COINS

  • €2 COMMEMORATIVE CIRCULATION COIN DEDICATED TO: “2,500 YEARS SINCE THE BATTLE OF THERMOPYLAE” (maximum issue 735,000 pieces)
  • €2 COMMEMORATIVE CIRCULATION COIN DEDICATED TO: “100 YEARS SINCE THE UNION OF THRACE WITH GREECE” (maximum issue 743,000 pieces)

                     II.  COLLECTOR COINS 

  • €200 GOLD COIN DEDICATED TO: “THE PERSIAN WARS” (maximum issue 750 pieces)
  • €100 MINI GOLD PLUS COIN DEDICATED TO: “GREEK MYTHOLOGY – THE OLYMPIAN GODS – HERMES” (maximum issue 1,200 pieces)
  • €50 MINI GOLD COIN DEDICATED TO: “CULTURAL HERITAGE – ANCIENT MESSENE” (maximum issue 1,500 pieces)
  • €10 SILVER COIN DEDICATED TO: “EUROPA STAR 2020 – GOTHIC” (maximum issue 5,000 pieces)
  • €10 SILVER COIN DEDICATED TO: “2,500 YEARS SINCE THE BATTLE OF SALAMIS” (maximum issue 3,000 pieces)
  • €10 SILVER COIN DEDICATED TO: “2,500 YEARS SINCE THE BATTLE OF THERMOPYLAE” (maximum issue 3,000 pieces)
  • €6 MINI SILVER COIN DEDICATED TO: “75 YEARS SINCE THE ESTABLISHMENT OF THE NATIONAL RADIO FOUNDATION” (maximum issue 1,200 pieces)
  • €5 SILVER COIN DEDICATED TO: “MYRTIS” (maximum issue 2,500 pieces)
  • BLISTER PACK WITH A COLLECTOR SILVER €5 COIN DEDICATED TO: “150 YEARS SINCE THE BIRTH OF THEOPHILOS” (maximum issue 5,000 pieces)
  • BLISTER PACK WITH A COLLECTOR SILVER  €5 COIN DEDICATED TO: “ENVIRONMENT – ENDEMIC FLORA OF GREECE – IRIS HELLENICA” (maximum issue 5,000 pieces)
  • CARD BLISTER WITH A COLLECTOR SILVER €5 COIN DEDICATED TO: “CENTENARY OF THE ATHENS UNIVERSITY OF ECONOMICS AND BUSINESS” (maximum issue 6,000 pieces)

III. SPECIAL EDITIONS

  • BLISTER SET CONTAINING ALL EIGHT DENOMINATIONS OF 2020 GREEK EURO COINS DEDICATED TO: “GREEK TOURISM – LESVOS” (maximum issue 10,000 pieces)
  • €2 COMMEMORATIVE PROOF CIRCULATION COIN DEDICATED TO: “2,500 YEARS SINCE THE BATTLE OF THERMOPYLAE” (maximum issue 5,000 pieces)
  • €2 COMMEMORATIVE PROOF CIRCULATION COIN DEDICATED TO: “100 YEARS SINCE THE UNION OF THRACE WITH GREECE” (maximum issue 2,000 pieces)
  • CARD BLISTER WITH A €2 COMMEMORATIVE BRILIANT UNCIRCULATED COIN DEDICATED TO: “2,500 YEARS SINCE THE BATTLE OF THERMOPYLAE” (maximum issue 10,000 pieces)
  • CARD BLISTER WITH A €2 COMMEMORATIVE BRILIANT UNCIRCULATED COIN DEDICATED TO: “100 YEARS SINCE THE UNION OF THRACE WITH GREECE” (maximum issue 5,000 pieces)

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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