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Committee's "Greece 2021" Numismatic Programme
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The culture of minting in 2021

During its millennia-long history, Greece has made major contributions to world civilisation. One such contribution is the use of coins as we know them today. Arguably, numismatic history starts from ancient Greek cities, which were the first to mint coins featuring images and serving as carriers of meaning.

We at the Greek Mint have always been committed to producing coins that are small works of art and, at the same time, drawing on Greece’s history and rich cultural heritage, convey eternal ideas which remain relevant in today’s world.

Thus, when we were asked by the “Greece 2021” Committee to develop and produce a commemorative coin series to mark 200 years after the Greek Revolution of 1821, not only did we embrace the task, which was not without its challenges, but we saw it as yet another opportunity for the Bank of Greece to fulfil its role in the service of the country’s economy and society.

Apart from their commemorative character, the coins in this series are also intended as a source of funding for the celebratory events to be held this year. The net proceeds from the programme will be channelled towards supporting health, education, research, etc., thereby benefiting society. The guiding principle of the programme is, in other words, not to take a single euro from the State, but rather to contribute to society through sponsoring actions of wider benefit.

The Ministry of Finance, for its part, added the project to its regular numismatic programme implemented in collaboration with the Bank of Greece. Thus, this year we will be offering two numismatic programmes: one dedicated to the bicentennial anniversary of the Revolution and one continuing our established annual issues that have become very popular with collectors worldwide.

The "Greece 2021" Committee's Numismatic Programme

Browse here the "Greece 2021" Committee's Numismatic Programme

The "Greece 2021" Committee's Numismatic Programme was implemented with a decision by the Ministry of Finance and the gracious sponsorship of the Bank of Greece, based on the recommendation of the Committee. It includes the issuance of 14 coins of rare collectible value. On them, the internationally acclaimed engravers of the Hellenic Mint have engraved, with their unique technique, emblematic moments from the history of modern Greece, on the occasion of the 200th anniversary of the Revolution.

The "Greece 2021" Committee's Numismatic Programme includes a unique three-part collection consisting of:

Two bi-metallic coins, which depict the first two coins of the Greek State: The Phoenix of 1828, and the first drachma of 1833.

Eight silver coins, with the expansions of the Greek territory: The first Greek State, with Theodoros Kolokotronis. The Ionian Islands, with Ioannis Kapodistrias. Thessaly and Arta, with Rigas Feraios-Velestinlis. Epirus, with Athanasios Tsakalov. Macedonia, with Pavlos Melas. Crete, with Eleftherios Venizelos. Thrace, with Georgios Vizyinos. The Dodecanese, with Lady of Ro.

And four gold coins with the historical evolution of the Greek flag: The flag of the Friendly Society. The Greek flag of 1821. The Greek flag of 1822. The current Greek flag.

These 14 coins will be issued in limited numbers, while their molds will be destroyed after production, enhancing their unique collectible value.
A rich collection of collectible, signed by artists of the Printing Works - Greek Mint, of the Bank of Greece.

The entire set of 14 collectible commemorative coins, featuring all three series:

• the series of two bimetallic coins, replicating the first two coins put into circulation by the Greek State;
• the series of eight silver coins, dedicated to the successive phases of Greece’s territorial expansion and portraying, in each case, a leading personality associated with the respective region; and
• the series of four gold coins tracing the evolution of the Greek flag from the Revolution to today.

Sales started on Monday, 18 January 2021. The coins are available through the Committee’s e-shop.

Numismatic Programme 2021

Browse here the Numismatic Programme 2021.

In parallel with the special commemorative coin series to mark the 200 years since the Greek Revolution of 1821, our regular numismatic programme for 2021 features products on the following themes:

• the 2021 Population - Housing Census, a landmark event that coincides with the bicentennial;

Aphrodite, goddess of love and one of the most popular Olympian deities (in our Olympian Gods series);

• the enchanting island of Naxos (in our Greek Tourism series);

• the Portara, the trademark monument of Naxos (in our Cultural Heritage series);

Campanula saxatilis, an endemic wildflower of Crete (in our Endemic flora of Greece series);

• and last but definitely not least, a commemorative €2 coin honouring the bicentennial of the Greek Revolution of 1821.

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How would you describe the beauty of the goddess Aphrodite? At a loss for words? Then click below to see our 2021 coins.

Order Information

For further information on Greece’s Numismatic Programme, please visit the websites of the Ministry of Finance and the Bank of Greece.

If you wish to subscribe to the Newsletter on our numismatic products, please email your request to the Ministry of Finance at this address.

Dealers must place their orders directly with the Ministry of Finance, via email or via fax to (+30) 2103338959, upon the launch of each numismatic product, within the applicable deadlines.

To place orders via the Bank of Greece you can visit our page and download the order form you are interested in.

Product prices and release dates will be determined in the course of the year by ministerial decisions.

The Ministry of Finance reserves the right to change the products or their designs and/or their technical specifications without prior notice, if deemed necessary.

For more information please email us.

The "Greece 2021" Committee's Numismatic Programme purchases can be made through the the Committee’s e-shop.

29-31 January 2021, Bank of Greece and the Greek Mint participated in and attend the 50th World Money Fair, which was held online this year (#DigitalFair).

Here you will find our page in which we will be able to present to you our new Numismatic Programmes.

Over 300 international exhibitors and around 13,000 visitors make use of the Fair’s offerings – unique worldwide – annually to share experience, trade with each other or simply be impressed by the magic of the world of numismatics.