2 Euro Ionian Islands

2 Euro (Ionian Islands) -  obverse2 Euro (Ionian Islands) -  reverse

© Mike Bentley

Features

Issuer Greece
Period Third Hellenic Republic (1974-date)
Type Circulating commemorative coin
Year 2014
Value 2 Euro
2 EUR = USD 2.27
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
Technique Milled
Orientation Medal alignment ↑↑
Number N# 65018
Numista type number (https://numista.com)
References KM# 269,
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# 210
Gerhard Schön; 2020. Weltmünzkatalog / 20. Jahrhundert: 1901-2000 (47. Auflage). Battenberg Gietl Verlag, Regenstauf, Germany.
And 2 more volumes.

Commemorative issue

150th Anniversary of the Union of the Ionian Islands with Greece

Obverse

The inner part of the coin depicts a seven-pointed star inscribed in Greek with the words: ‘150 YEARS SINCE THE UNION OF THE IONIAN ISLANDS (EPTÁNISA) WITH GREECE 1864-2014’, the name of the issuing country ‘HELLENIC REPUBLIC’ and the mint mark of the Greek State Mint. The spaces between the points of the star feature the symbols of the Ionian Islands. The entire design is encircled in a decorative stylised wave motif. The coin’s outer ring bears the 12 stars of the European Union.

Lettering:
150
ΧΡΟΝΙΑ
ΑΠΟ ΤΗΝ ΕΝΩΣΗ
ΤΩΝ ΕΠΤΑΝΗΣΩΝ
ΜΕ ΤΗΝ ΕΛΛΑΔΑ
1864-2014
ΕΛΛΗΝΙΚΗ
ΔΗΜΟΚΡΑΤΙΑ

Translation:
150
Years
of the Union
of the Ionian Islands
With Greece
1864-2014
Greek
Democracy

Engravers: Maria Andonatou, 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 with inscription

Lettering: ΕΛΛΗΝΙΚΗ ΔΗΜΟΚΡΑΤΙΑ

Translation: Hellenic Republic

2 Euro (Ionian Islands) -  obverse

© Cyrillius

Mint

The National Mint of the Bank of Greece (Νομισματοκοπείο - ΙΕΤΑ), Athens, Greece (1972-date)

Comments

The unification of the Ionian Islands with Greece was the first expansion of the modern Greek State’s borders.
After centuries of foreign rule under the Venetians, French, Russians and British, the islands became an
an integral part of the national territory in 1864, when the British ceded them to Greece on the occasion of the accession of King George I to the Greek throne.
The coin was issued in bankrolls, in Proof quality along with the proof year set and in BU quality on a coin card blister.



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2014  742 000 $ 3.26 $ 4.53 $ 3.97 99%
2014  7 500 $ 5.72 1.9% Coin card blister
2014  2 500 0.9% Proof

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