Greek euro coins feature a unique design for each of the eight coins. They were all designed by Georgios Stamatopoulos with the minor coins depicting Greek ships, the middle ones portraying famous Greeks and the two large denominations showing images of Greek history and mythology. All designs feature the 12 stars of the EU, the year of imprint and a tiny symbol of the Bank of Greece. Uniquely, the value of the coins is expressed on the national side in the Greek alphabet, as well as being on the common side in the Roman alphabet. The euro cent is known as the lepto (λεπτό; plural lepta, λεπτά) in Greek.
Greece did not enter the eurozone until 2001 and was not able to start minting coins as early as the other eleven member states, so a number of coins circulated in 2002 were not minted in Athens but in Finland (€1 and €2 – mint mark S), France (1c, 2c, 5c, 10c and 50c – mint mark F) and Spain (20c - mint mark E). The coins minted in Athens for the euro introduction in 2002 as well as all the subsequent Greek euro coins do not carry any mint mark.
Greek euro design
For images of the common side and a detailed description of the coins, see euro coins.
Circulating Mintage quantities
The following table shows the mintage quantity for all Greek euro coins, per denomination, per year (the numbers are represented in millions).
* No coins were minted that year for that denomination
** Data not available yet
*** Small quantities minted for sets only
Future changes to national sides
The European Commission issued a recommendation on 19 December 2008, a common guideline for the national sides and the issuance of euro coins intended for circulation. One section of this recommendation stipulates that:
The national sides of all denominations of the euro coins intended for circulation should bear an indication of the issuing Member State by means of the Member State’s name or an abbreviation of it.
A new design on the Greek euro coins is expected in the near future to comply with these new guidelines, although nothing has officially been announced.
Greek starter kit
In 2001 the Central Bank of Greece issued starter kits for the introduction of the Euro.
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