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2 Euro Battle of Marathon

Features

Country Greece
Period Third Hellenic Republic (1974-date)
Type Circulating commemorative coin
Year 2010
Value 2 Euro
2 EUR = 2.25 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 ↑↑
References KM# 236,
  • Schmidt, Tracy L. (editor); 2019. Standard Catalog of World Coins, 2001-Date (14th edition). Krause Publications, Stevens Point, Wisconsin, USA. ISBN 9781440248979.
  • Michael, Thomas & Tracy L. Schmidt; 2016. Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1601-1700 (7th edition). Krause Publications, Iola, Wisconsin, USA. ISBN 9781440248573.
  • Michael, Thomas (editor); 2016. Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1701-1800 (7th edition). Krause Publications, Iola, Wisconsin, USA. ISBN 9781440247064.
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Schön# 185
  • Gerhard Schön; 2020. Weltmünzkatalog 20. Jahrhundert: 1901-2000 (47. Auflage). Battenberg, Regenstauf, Germany. ISBN 9783866461840.
  • Kahnt, Helmut & Günter Schön; 2016. Weltmünzkatalog 19. Jahrhundert: 1801-1900 (17. Auflage). Battenberg. ISBN 9783866461185.
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Commemorative issue

2500th Anniversary of the Battle of Marathon

Obverse

The coin commemorates the 2500th anniversary of the Battle of Marathon. The centre of the coin shows a synthesis of a shield and a runner/warrior representing the struggle for freedom and the noble ideals that the Battle of Marathon stands for. The bird on the shield symbolizes the birth of Western civilization in its present form. The coin’s outer ring bears the 12 stars of the European Union.

Lettering:
ΜΑΡΑΘΩΝΑΣ 2500 ΧΡΟΝΙΑ
ΓΣ
ΕΛΛΗΝΙΚΗ ΔΗΜΟΚΡΑΤΙΑ 490 Π.Χ. 2010 Μ.Χ.

Translation:
MARATHON 2500 YEARS
GS
HELLENIC REPUBLIC 490 B.C. 2010 A.D.

Engraver: Georgios 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

Lettering: ΕΛΛΗΝΙΚΗ ΔΗΜΟΚΡΑΤΙΑ ☆

Translation: HELLENIC REPUBLIC ☆

2 Euro (Battle of Marathon) -  obverse

© Cyrillius

Comments

The Battle of Marathon took place in 490 BC during the first Persian invasion of Greece. It was fought between the citizens of Athens, aided by Plataea, and a Persian force commanded by Datis and Artaphernes. The battle was the culmination of the first attempt by Persia, under King Darius I, to subjugate Greece. The Greek army lead by Miltiades, decisively defeated the more numerous Persians, marking a turning point in the Greco-Persian Wars. This victory was largely due to the Athenians, and Marathon raised Greek esteem of them. The following two hundred years saw the rise of the Classical Greek civilization, which has been enduringly influential in western society and so the Battle of Marathon is often seen as a pivotal moment in Mediterranean and European history.
The coin was issued in bankrolls and in BU allong with the official year KMS blister.

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Year Mintage G VG F VF XF AU UNC Frequency
2010  2,492,500 2.33 2.27 2.27 3.37 4.00 4.00 99%
2010  7,500 18.95 3% In Sets only

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