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.