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About date of issue in circulation 2 euro 2004 (Discobolus by Myron). There is many of date varieties founded. For example:
1) Official Journal of the European Union (2004/C 91/06) - Approximate issuing date: March 2004.
2) The euro information website: issued since the introduction of the Euro: 15 April 2004
3) European central bank: Issuing date: March 2004
4) Wikipedia Galician version: May
5) Wikipedia German, Catalan, Czech version: 14th May
6) Wikipedia Russian, Ukrainian version: 1st March
7) Wikipedia other languages versions: 14th March or only March
I found information about presentation of this coins on Bank of Greece site:
"On 12 May 2004 the Governor of the Bank of Greece and the Greek Deputy Minister of
Economy and Finance presented the first Olympic circulation commemorative euro coin.
The national side was designed by the famous painter and engraver Panagiotis Gravalos, while
the plaster cast was created by the equally famous sculptor Konstantinos Kazakos. "

The question is, What is the correct date of PRESENTATION and correct date of ISSUE IN CIRCULATION?
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In view of the source, it looks certain that a presentation ceremony was held in the Bank of Greece in the presence of the Greek Deputy Minister of Economy and Finance on 12th May 2004. Such ceremonies are usually* held when the last coins are struck and ready to be distributed.

Distribution date is more difficult. A Greek friend I pestered about getting the coin for me wrote me in an email dated 11th May:

Tomorrow the bank of Greece will send some prospectus to the banks about the new EURO coin (2 EURO) for the Olympic Games.

He sent me a picture of the coin and asked me how many I wanted on 14th May. He sent me a roll on 24th May. These dates suggest to me that official distribution started on 12th May also, which makes sense to me. I would suggest that the earlier dates are for when production of the coin started. A production period of 2 months is longish, but not unlikely.

Peter

* apparently, this is not the case in India
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Issue date was 13th May
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Dear Mr. Bozko,

As far as the first commemorative euro coin -which depicts the Discobolus by Myron- is concerned, I would like to inform you that the date of presentation was 12 May 2004 and the date of circulation was 13 May 2004. As far as the second question is concerned, please define us exactly the commemorative Greek euro coins that you are interested in.

With kind regards,

Maria Gavrili
BANK OF GREECE
Centre for Culture, Research and Documentation
Library Section
21 E. Venizelos Avenue
GR 102 50 ATHENS
T. + 210-320 2522
F. + 210-320 2129
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That's largely a question of definition. At such ceremonies, attendees usually receive a coin.

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Where is the truth about date of issue in circulation of Greece 2 euro 2004?
« Reply #5 on: September 22, 2015, 06:12:07 AM »
For me, the date of issue is irrelevant; as far as I'm getting the coin(s) without much trouble. ;) Glad you received answer directly from the central bank! My experience with the Greek Central Bank is also very nice. They are very co-operative and they will respond all your questions within one working day. Same is the thing with the Austrian Mint (personal experience). From what I hear from other members, French Mint (MdP) is not much co-operative (which reminds me that I have to write them a mail through Paris/Peter :D), I don't know how other mints/central banks respond to customer/collector queries...

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