50 Euro Cent 1st map

50 Euro Cent (1st map) -  obverse50 Euro Cent (1st map) -  reverse

© Mike Bentley

Features

Country Greece
Period Third Hellenic Republic (1974-date)
Type Standard circulation coin
Years 2002-2006
Value 50 Euro Cent
0.5 EUR = 0.59 USD
Currency Euro (2002-date)
Composition Nordic gold
Weight 7.80 g
Diameter 24.25 mm
Thickness 2.38 mm
Shape Round
Orientation Medal alignment ↑↑
Number N# 118
Numista (https://numista.com)
References KM# 186,
Tracy L. Schmidt (editor); 2019. Standard Catalog of World Coins / 2001-Date (14th edition). Krause Publications, Stevens Point, Wisconsin, USA.
And 4 more volumes.
Schön# 136
Gerhard Schön; 2020. Weltmünzkatalog / 20. Jahrhundert: 1901-2000 (47. Auflage). Gietl Verlag, Regenstauf, Germany.
And 2 more volumes.

Obverse

A portrait of Eleftherios Venizelos (1864-1936), one of Greece’s most prominent political figures, accompanied by a legend indicating his name "Ελ. Βενιζέλος", the value, and the 12 stars of Europe around the rim

Lettering:
50 ΛΕΠΤΑ
2005
Ελ. Βενιζέλος
ΓΣ

Translation:
50 Cents
2005
El. Venizelos
GS

Engravers: Nikos Nikolaou, Georgios Stamatopoulos

Reverse

A map, next to the face value, symbolizes the gathering of the fifteen nations of the European Union.

Lettering:
50
LL
EURO
CENT

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

Indented

50 Euro Cent (1st map) -  obverse

© Cyrillius

Mints

Royal Dutch Mint (Koninklijke Nederlandse Munt), Utrecht, Netherlands (1911-2020)
The National Mint of the Bank of Greece (Νομισματοκοπείο - ΙΕΤΑ), Athens, Greece (1972-date)
Mintmark of The National Mint of the Bank of Greece
F Paris Mint (Monnaie de Paris), Pessac, France

Comments

The coin is issued in bankrolls and the above mint sets:

2002 Official Issue Hellenic Coin Set: The Official Blister 2002 was issued on 31 October 2002 with a mintage of 50,000 pieces. It contains the 1, 2, 5, 10, 20, 50 cent coins and 1, 2 euros. Greek euro coins feature a unique design for every one of the eight coins and they were all designed by Georgios Stamatopoulos.


2002 Official Issue Hellenic Coin Set produced by the Duch Mint: The Dutch version of the Greek Blister 2002 was issued in 2002 with a mintage of only 5,000 pieces. The only visible difference between the Greek and the Dutch version of the blister is the issuing authority, namely the Greek ministry of Economy and the Greek Ministry of Economics and Finance respectively.


2003 Official Issue Hellenic Coin Set: The Official Blister 2003 was issued in June 2003. It contains the 1, 2, 5, 10, 20, 50 cent coins and 1, 2 euros. Greek euro coins feature a unique design for every one of the eight coins and they were all designed by Georgios Stamatopoulos.


2004 Official Issue Hellenic Coin Set: The Official 2004 Blister is dedicated to the "Epikourios Apollo’s temple” and it was issued in May 2005 with a mintage of 30,000 pieces. It contains the 1, 2, 5, 10, 20, 50 cent coins and 1, 2 euros (BU). Bassae (Latin) or Bassai (meaning "little vale in the rocks") hosts the temple of Apollo Epikourios ("Apollo the helper"). It was designed by Iktinos, the architect of the Temple of Hephaestus and the Parthenon and the ancient writer Pausanias praises the temple as eclipsing all others but the temple of Athena at Tegea by the beauty of its stone and the harmony of its construction.


2005 Official Issue Hellenic Coin Set: The Official Blister 2005 is dedicated to the "Ancient coins of Athens”. It was issued on 11 January 2006 with a mintage of 25,000 pieces. The blister contains the 1, 2, 5, 10, 20, 50 cent coins and 1, 2 euros. Greek euro coins feature a unique design for every one of the eight coins and they were all designed by Georgios Stamatopoulos. The minor coins depict Greek ships, the middle coins portray famous Greeks and the two large denominations showing images of Greek history and mythology.


2006 Official Issue Hellenic Coin Set: The Official Blister 2006 is dedicated to the "Ancient Greek coins". It was issued on 11 January 2006 with a mintage of 25,000 pieces. The blister contains the 1, 2, 5, 10, 20, 50 cent coins and 1, 2 euros. Greek euro coins feature a unique design for every one of the eight coins and they were all designed by Georgios Stamatopoulos. The minor coins depict Greek ships, the middle coins portray famous Greeks and the two large denominations showing images of Greek history and mythology.

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Date Mintage G VG F VF XF AU UNC Frequency
2002  93 000 000 0.59 0.59 0.59 0.59 0.59 0.69 0.95 88%
2002  54 945 1.80 1.8% In Sets only
2002  5 000 0.2% In Sets only (Dutch Mint - Set; error strike: inscription with 2 instead of 3 lines at top left)
2002 F 70 000 000 0.59 0.59 0.59 0.59 0.59 1.19 0.83 33% "F" mark in Star
2003  700 000 1.73 7%
2003  99 300 1.19 1.0% In Sets only
2004  500 000 1.78 6%
2004  30 000 4.75 0.8% In Sets only
2005  1 000 000 0.59 1.19 1.19 9%
2005  50 000 0.8% In Sets only
2006  1 000 000 1.45 8%
2006  50 000 1.0% In Sets only

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