Encyclopedia > Greek euro coins

  Article Content

Greek euro coins

The euro (EUR or ) is the common currency for most European nations within the European Union, including Greece. The euro coins have two different sides; one common, European side showing the value of the coin and one national side featuring a design chosen by the EU member state where the coin was minted. Each member state has one or more designs unique to that country.

For images of the common side and a detailed description of the coins, see Euro coins.

Greek euro coins feature a unique design for every one of the eight coins. They were all designed by Georgios Stamatopoulos with the minor coins depicting Greek ships, the middle ones famous Greeks and the two large denominations examples of Greek history and mythology. All designs feature the 12 stars of the EU and the year of imprint. Unique to the national side of Greek coins is that the value of the coin is expressed in the Greek alphabet. Also, the euro cent is called the lepton (λεπτο) in Greek, unlike other languages which borrowed the word cent.

Depiction of Greek euro coinage | Obverse side
€ 0.01 € 0.02 € 0.05
An Athenian trireme of
the 5th century BC
A corvette (or dromon)
of the early 19th century
A modern tanker, symbol
of Greek enterprise
€ 0.10
€ 0.20
€ 0.50
Rigas Velestinlis-Fereos[?]
1757-1798, Greek poet
Ioannis Kapodistrias[?] 1776-
1831, Greek statesman
Eleftherios Venizelos[?] 1864-
1936, Greek politician
€ 1.00
€ 2.00
€ 2 Coin Edge
The edge lettering features
the words Hellenic Republic
in Greek and in Greek script
Picture of a 5th cen. BC
1 drachma coin of Athens
(a coin in a coin)
The abduction of Europa
by Zeus in the form of a bull

External links

All Wikipedia text is available under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License

  Search Encyclopedia

Search over one million articles, find something about almost anything!
  Featured Article
French resistance

... August 28 De Gaulle gave an order to dismantle Free French Forces and the resistance organizations. Many of those who still wanted to fight joined the new French army. ...

This page was created in 25.4 ms