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2 Euro Arkadi Monastery

Features

Country Greece
Period Third Hellenic Republic (1974-date)
Type Circulating commemorative coin
Year 2016
Value 2 Euro (2 EUR)
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 ↑↑
Demonetized Yes
References KM# 281
Standard Catalog of World Coins
by George S. Cuhaj
(Krause Publications)

Commemorative issue

150 Years from the Arkadi Monastery Torching

Obverse

The design features the Arkadi Monastery. Inscribed, at centre, is the wording ‘ARKADI MONASTERY’ and along the inner edge at left ‘HELLENIC REPUBLIC’, in Greek. Visible at upper right is the year of issuance ‘2016’ and below the central inscription a palmette (the mintmark of the Greek Mint). Inscribed at lower right is the monogram of the artist (George Stamatopoulos). The coin’s outer ring depicts the 12 stars of the European flag.

Lettering:
ΕΛΛΗΝΙΚΗ ΔΗΜΟΚΡΑΤΙΑ
2016
ΜΟΝΗ ΑΡΚΑΔΙΟΥ

Translation:
HELLENIC REPUBLIC
2016
ARKADI MONASTERY

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

Lettering: ΕΛΛΗΝΙΚΗ ΔΗΜΟΚΡΑΤΙΑ

Translation: HELLENIC REPUBLIC

2 Euro (Arkadi Monastery) -  obverse

© Cyrillius

Comments

The heroic decision of the besieged Cretans to set fire to the gunpowder kegs in the Arkadi Monastery on 8 November 1866, was a dramatic climax of the 1866 Cretan uprising. One hundred and fifty years on, this act of self-sacrifice remains a luminous example and source of inspiration for the Greek people.
The coin was issued in bankrolls, in Proof quality in wooden box with certificate of authenticity and in BU quality on a coincard blister.



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2016  742,000 3.12 3.31 3.47 3.47 98%
2016  6,500 5.51 3% Coin card blister
2016  1,500 2% Proof

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