Description

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 Mint of Finland was designated by the letter S in the star at 6 hours.

Obverse

Depicts a mythological scene from a mosaic in Sparta (3rd century AD), showing the young princess Europa, the daughter of the Phoenician King Agenor, being abducted by Zeus in the shape of a bull. A representation of the myth of the Abduction of Europa is accompanied by the legend "Europa" and the facial value and encircled by the twelve stars of Europe.

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

Engraver: Georgios Stamatopoulos (ΓΣ)

ΕΥΡΩΠΗ
ΓΣ
2 ΕΥΡΩ
20 03

Reverse

A geographical map of Western Europe spans the outer ring and inner core on the right side of the coin. The inscription 2 EURO is superimposed over the map of Europe, with the numeral “2” located in an open field representing the eastern Atlantic Ocean.

12 stars are located on the right side of the outer ring, with six stars atop the map of Europe and six stars below it; six vertical stripes cut across the inner core of the coin, visually connecting the upper and lower star segments.

Luc Luycx, a designer at the Royal Belgian Mint, designed the Euro’s common reverse; his initials, LL, are seen on the right side of the design, just under the “O” in “EURO.”

2 EURO
LL

Edge

HELLENIC REPUBLIC in Greek

ΕΛΛΗΝΙΚΗ ΔΗΜΟΚΡΑΤΙΑ ★

2 Euro

1st map
KM# 188 Schön# 138
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Characteristics
Material Bi-Metallic
Ring Cupronickel
Center Nickel Brass
Weight 8.5 g
Diameter 25.75 mm
Thickness 2.2 mm
Shape round
Alignment Medal
Mints
Bank of Greece
Mint of Finland (S)
Royal Dutch Mint (KNM)

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