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Greece: Two €2 Commemorative Coins in 2013
« on: February 27, 2013, 03:25:40 PM »
Greece will issue a commemorative €2 coin this year. However no information about the theme etc so far..

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Re: Greece: Two €2 Commemorative Coins in 2013
« Reply #1 on: April 14, 2013, 08:51:15 AM »
Bank of Greece will issue two €2 coins this year; commemorating '2400th Anniversary of the Founding of Plato's Academy' and '100th Anniversary of the Union of Crete with Greece'. Total Mintage 742,500 each (including 15000 BU coin cards [7500+7500], issue price €5). Issue dates are not known yet.

Source: Bank of Greece

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Re: Greece: Two €2 Commemorative Coins in 2013
« Reply #2 on: May 04, 2013, 12:40:27 PM »
Here's image of first commemorative (2400th Anniversary of the Founding of Plato's Academy)

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Re: Greece: Two €2 Commemorative Coins in 2013
« Reply #3 on: May 04, 2013, 12:41:11 PM »
...And the second (100th Anniversary of the Union of Crete with Greece)

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Re: Greece: Two €2 Commemorative Coins in 2013
« Reply #4 on: May 04, 2013, 01:26:05 PM »
I somehow feel that the drawings in these two commemorative coins are very "simple". For the importance of Plato, only a bust of the philoshopher is nothing. And for an island like Crete, with such history and mythological background, the map of the island is not enough. Maybe economical crisis hit the door of the National mint...
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Re: Greece: Two €2 Commemorative Coins in 2013
« Reply #5 on: May 04, 2013, 03:04:09 PM »
This is not what the real coin will look like, but a computer impression made from an older coin with something made by basic graphic image software. You could do the same or better with a deuro coin, a scanner, a photo of the statue, a Greek script font and some experience.

My taste runs much like yours. Plato's academy is an interesting thought that goes well beyond Plato. One of the basic questions of philosophy is what, if any, is the value of philosophy? It would have been interesting to express something about the value of thinking on this coin.

IMO, a map of a coin is lack of inspiration. Here, it isolates Crete and stresses how far Crete is from the Greek mainland, which is the opposite of what the coin is commemorating. The matter of Greek political unity is contentious, so it calls for a careful and neutral approach, but it is quite possible to come up with positive aspects that every nation can subscribe to, such as joy and solidarity.

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Re: Greece: Two €2 Commemorative Coins in 2013
« Reply #6 on: May 04, 2013, 04:46:24 PM »
Sometimes simple works better on a coin, the Plato coin seems to be simple and effective. Maybe for the crete coin they want to emphasis that it was crete that joined greece and not the other way around, who knows, we'll see.

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Re: Greece: Two €2 Commemorative Coins in 2013
« Reply #7 on: June 09, 2013, 06:28:51 AM »
Just reading David's blog an it appears the image of platos academy commen posted above is wrong.
See this link
http://worldcoinnews.blogspot.com.es/2013/06/greece-2-euro-2013-platos-academy.html

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Greece: Two €2 Commemorative Coins in 2013
« Reply #8 on: June 09, 2013, 08:03:29 AM »
So the Greek mint changed the design of the coin after so many German dealers published the design on their website? How cruel is that. ;D

The design has been marginally changed I'd say..A portrait facing left instead of front view. :D

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Re: Greece: Two €2 Commemorative Coins in 2013
« Reply #9 on: June 09, 2013, 11:04:34 AM »
Marginal change ? ::), whatever rocks your boat I guess .... Not sure why would the Greeks bother about what German dealers advertise, but then again to each his own  ::)

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Greece: Two €2 Commemorative Coins in 2013
« Reply #10 on: July 11, 2013, 04:16:04 PM »
Hmmm it seems that the design of the 'Crete' coin is not same as one posted before either. ;) Here's an image I saw, image source: Numismatica Visual.


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Re: Greece: Two €2 Commemorative Coins in 2013
« Reply #11 on: July 11, 2013, 04:33:39 PM »
Looks a lot better, i like the coin card too.

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Re: Greece: Two €2 Commemorative Coins in 2013
« Reply #12 on: July 13, 2013, 01:04:37 PM »
The Academy coin seems to have a different design too.

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Greece: Two €2 Commemorative Coins in 2013
« Reply #13 on: October 01, 2013, 04:10:41 PM »
Both the coins were issued today. :)

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