The Minister for the National Economy and the Governor of the Bank of Greece
chose the designs for their euro coins from a set of proposals presented by
a national technical and artistic committee. The designer of the winning motifs
was sculptor Georges Stamatopoulos, sponsored by the Bank of Greece. There is
a separate design for each denomination.
This coin depicts
a scene from a mosaic in Sparta (third century AD), showing Europa
being abducted by Zeus, who has taken the form of a bull. Europa
is a figure from
Greek mythology after whom Europe was named. Edge lettering of
coin: ΕΛΛΗΝΙΚΗ ΔΗΜΟΚΡΑΤΙΑ *
The image of the owl featured in this design was copied from an ancient Athenian 4-drachma coin (fifth century BC).
(1864-1936), one of Greece’s most prominent political figures, is shown on
this coin. He was a pioneer in social reform, a renowned diplomat and played
a key role in modernising the Greek state and liberating Northern Greece
and the Aegean islands.
This coin commemorates
Ioannis Capodistrias (1776-1831), a leading national and European politician
and diplomat who became the first Governor of Greece (1830-31) following
the Greek War of Independence (1821-27).
Rigas Fereos (Velestinlis) (1757-98) is featured on this coin. He was a forerunner and leading figure of the
Greek enlightenment, as well as a visionary and herald of Balkan liberation from Ottoman rule.
This coin shows
a modern sea-going tanker, reflecting the innovative spirit of
Depicted on this coin is a corvette, a type of ship used during the Greek War of Independence (1821-27).
This design features an advanced model of an Athenian trireme, the largest warship afloat for more than 200 years, dating from the time of the Athenian democracy (fifth century BC).