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Launch of sales of a collector’s gold coin dedicated to “Greek Culture – Historians – Herodotus” and of a blister set dedicated to “Greek Tourism – Rhodes” containing all eight denominations of 2018 Greek euro coins (Images)

28/06/2018 - Press Releases

• Today, Thurday 28 June, marks the launch of sales of a collector’s gold coin dedicated to Herodotus.

• Today also marks the launch of sales of a blister set dedicated to “Greek Tourism – Rhodes” containing all eight denominations of 2018 Greek euro coins.

In the context of the Numismatic Programme 2018, the Printing Works Department of the Bank of Greece produced a collector’s gold coin dedicated to “Greek Culture – Historians – Herodotus”, the sales of which began on Thursday 28 June.

Herodotus from Halicarnassos (in Asia Minor), the first in the canon of the ancient Greek historians, has been called the “Father of History”. His work The Histories is the main source of information about the Greco-Persian Wars and other civilisations, such as the Egyptian or the Persian. He travelled to many places of the then known world as part of his enquiries (Egypt, Phoenicia, Persia) and joined the colonisation of Thurii in Magna Graecia.

The obverse of the coin features Herodotus; inscribed, at left are the words “ΗΡΟΔΟΤΟΣ 484-425 πΧ” (“Herodotus 484-425 BC”) and, at right, a palmette and the minting year. The reverse of the coin, imitating the surface of a pebble, features an ancient ship, symbolising Herodotus’s many travels; the denomination; the national coat of arms; and the words “ΕΛΛΗΝΙΚΗ ΔΗΜΟΚΡΑΤΙΑ” (“Hellenic Republic”). The representations are surrounded by a Grecian meander on both sides. The coin was designed by George Stamatopoulos, an award-winning sculptor of the Bank of Greece.

Today also marked the launch of sales of a blister set dedicated to “Greek Tourism – Rhodes” containing all eight denominations of 2018 Greek euro coins.

The largest island of the Dodecanese and the fourth largest of Greece, Rhodes was the island of the god Helios, whose statue, the famous Colossus, standing at the harbour entrance, was one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Rhodes flourished in Hellenistic times, becoming a major trading city. From 1309, Rhodes was the seat of the Order of the Knights Hospitaller. The medieval city which they built, with the Castle of the Knights and the Palace of the Grand Master, was declared a UNESCO world heritage site in 1988. The island was conquered by the Ottomans in 1523 and by the Italians in 1912. It remained under Italian rule until the unification of the Dodecanese with Greece in 1948.

Today, one of Greece’s most popular island destinations, Rhodes enchants its visitors with its exquisite beaches, idyllic landscapes and important ancient and medieval monuments.

The packaging was designed by artist Areti Michelioudaki.


Product information:

1. Images:
Collector’s gold coin – Observe
Collector’s gold coin – Reserve
Collector’s gold coin – Packaging
BLISTER SET: «Greek Tourism ― Rhodes»

2. Technical specifications:

Collector’s gold coin dedicated to “Greek Culture – Historians – Herodotus”
Denomination: €200
Diameter: 22.10 mm
Weight: 7.98 gr
Edge: milled
Material: gold 917‰ (Au), silver 53‰ (Ag)
Packaging: wooden box with certificate of authenticity
Maximum issue: 1,000 pieces
Minting quality: proof
Price: €362.90 plus VAT
Coin designed by: G. Stamatopoulos

Blister set dedicated to “Greek Tourism – Rhodes” containing all eight denominations of 2018 Greek euro coins
Packaging: blister set
Maximum issue: 15,000 sets
Minting quality: brilliant uncirculated
Price: €12.90 plus VAT
Packaging designed by: A. Michelioudaki

3. Where the products can be purchased:

A. Bank of Greece Head Office

BANK OF GREECE
21, E. Venizelos Ave.
ATHENS 102 50
(entrance: 14, Stadiou St.)
Monday-Thursday: 08.00-14.30
Friday: 08.00-14.00

B. Bank of Greece Branches

https://www.bankofgreece.gr/Pages/en/Bank/Organization/buildings/branches.aspx

A “Pre-registration” procedure is followed, requiring the interested party or an authorised representative thereof to come to a Branch of the Bank of Greece and prepay for the product(s). The customer will be informed in due time of the date on which the pre-purchased product(s) can be collected.

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