In 2002, coins were minted for Greece in Greek Mint, as well as mints Spain, Finland and France. This was due to the fact that Greece joined the euro area only 1 January 2001 and the Greek mint lacked the capacity to produce the required number of coins to January 1, 2002. In subsequent years, the coins were minted only in the local mint.

On the coins of 2002 the Paris Mint was designated by the letter F in the star at 10 hours.


An advanced model of an Athenian boat, a trireme, is accompanied by the facial value, date and encircled by the twelve stars of Europe.

The Athenian triere (or trireme) was the largest battleship for 200 years, dating from the time of the Athenian democracy and Kimon (5th century BC). Triremes were the dominant warship in the Mediterranean from around 700 to 300 BC when naval combat took place mainly by ramming enemy vessels which would typically break apart from the force of the collision. In order for this to work well, the boats need to be both fast and maneuverable, which means they ought to have a large number of rowers but still remain as thin and short as possible. Triremes were equipped with sails, which were taken down before battles, but cramped conditions made them unsuited for long-distance travel.

Sign of Athens Mint (stylized acanthus leaf) stands on all coins of Greece, regardless of the origin of the coins.

Engravers: Areti Michelioudaki, Georgios Stamatopoulos (ΓΣ)



A globe, next to the facial value, shows Europe in relation to Africa and Asia.

Engraver: Luc Luycx



1 Euro Cent

KM# 181 Schön# 131
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Material Copper Plated Steel
Weight 2.3 g
Diameter 16.25 mm
Thickness 1.67 mm
Shape round
Alignment Medal
Bank of Greece
Paris Mint (F)
Royal Dutch Mint (KNM)

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