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2 Euro Nikos Kazantzakis

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Country Greece
Period Third Hellenic Republic (1974-date)
Type Circulating commemorative coin
Year 2017
Value 2 Euro
2 EUR = 2.21 USD
Currency Euro (2002-date)
Composition Bimetallic: nickel brass clad nickel center in copper-nickel ring
Weight 8.50 g
Diameter 25.75 mm
Thickness 2.20 mm
Shape Round
Orientation Medal alignment ↑↑

Commemorative issue

60 Years in Memoriam of Nikos Kazantzakis

Obverse

The design features a profile portrait of Nikos Kazantzakis, one of Greece’s greatest 20th century writers. Inscribed along the inner circle, at the left, is the wording ‘HELLENIC REPUBLIC’ and the name ‘NIKOS KAZANTZAKIS’ (in Greek). At the top is the year of issuance ‘2017’ and at centre left a palmette (the mint mark of the Greek Mint). Also visible at lower right is the monogram of the artist (George Stamatopoulos). The coin’s outer ring bears the 12 stars of the European Union.

Lettering:
ΕΛΛΗΝΙΚΗ ΔΗΜΟΚΡΑΤΙΑ 2017
ΝΙΚΟΣ ΚΑΖΑΝΤΖΑΚΗΣ

Translation:
HELLENIC REPUBLIC 2017
NIKOS KAZANTZAKIS

Engraver: George Stamatopoulos

Reverse

A map, next to the face value, shows the European continent without borders.

Lettering: 2 EURO LL

Engraver: Luc Luycx

Luc Luycx is the designer of the common side of the euro coins. Luycx is a computer engineer, and medallist living in Dendermonde, Belgium, and has worked for the Royal Belgian Mint for 15 years. He designed the euro coins in 1996.

Edge

Reeded with inscription

Lettering: ΕΛΛΗΝΙΚΗ ΔΗΜΟΚΡΑΤΙΑ

Translation: HELLENIC REPUBLIC

Comments

Nikos Kazantzakis (1883-1957) was one of Greece’s greatest 20th-century writers. He is known across the
world mostly for his novels, rich in metaphysical insight and iconic heroes, and translated into over 30 languages.
The coin was issued in bankrolls and in Proof quality in wooden box with certificate of authenticity and in BU quality on a coincard blister.



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2017  744,000 3.14 3.14 3.45 3.45
2017  4,500 9.01 Coincard Blister
2017  1,500 Proof

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