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2 Euro Crete

2 Euro (Crete) -  obverse2 Euro (Crete) -  reverse

© V. GLADYSH

Features

Country Greece
Period Third Hellenic Republic (1974-date)
Type Circulating commemorative coin
Year 2013
Value 2 Euro
2 EUR = 2.16 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# 253,
Standard Catalog of World Coins
by George S. Cuhaj
(Krause Publications)
Schön# 202
Weltmünzkatalog
by Gerhard Schön, Günter Schön
(Battenberg Gietl Verlag)

Commemorative issue

100th Anniversary of the Union of Crete and Greece

Obverse

The inner part of the coin depicts Cretan rebels raising the Greek flag, a symbolic representation of Crete’s struggle for Union with Greece. On the upper side, in circular sense and with capital letters the name of the issuing country ‘Hellenic Republic’ in Greek. Underneath the words: ‘100 years of the union of Crete with Greece’ in Greek. On the right: ‘1913-2013’ and the monogram of the Greek Mint. The coin’s outer ring bears the 12 stars of the European Union.

Lettering:
ΕΛΛΗΝΙΚΗ ΔΗΜΟΚΡΑΤΙΑ
1913-2013
100 ΧΡΟΝΙΑ ΑΠΟ ΤΗΝ ΕΝΩΣΗ ΤΗΣ ΚΡΗΤΗΣ ΜΕ ΤΗΝ ΕΛΛΑΔΑ

Translation:
HELLENIC REPUBLIC
1913-2013
100 YEARS FROM THE UNION OF CRETE WITH GREECE

Engraver: Geogios 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

2 Euro (Crete) -  obverse

© Cyrillius

Comments

The history and fate of the ‘Great Island’ of Crete were always inextricably connected with those of mainland
Greece. Strategically situated between Europe, Asia and Africa, Crete fell to a series of conquerors, from the
Romans and the Saracens to the Venetians and the Ottomans. Union with the modern Greek state was hard
won by the Cretans after several violent uprisings, including the Cretan Revolt of 1866 marked by the selfsacrifice of hundreds of besieged at the Arkadi Monastery. After the revolt of 1897-98, the island was
declared an autonomous ‘Cretan State’, with Prince George of Greece appointed its High Commissioner. Crete was formally integrated into Greece under the Treaty of London in 1913, after the Balkan Wars of 1912-13.
The coin was issued in bankrolls, in Proof quality along with the proof year set and in BU quality on a coincard blister.



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2013  742,500 3.14 3.74 3.90 3.90 99%
2013  7,500 7.58 3% Coin card blister
2013  4,000 0.5% Proof

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