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Greece

2014

Commemorative coin

150th anniversary of the union of the Ionian Islands with Greece (1864-2014)

Official Journal of the European Union

The inner part of the coin depicts a seven-pointed star inscribed in Greek with the words: ‘150 YEARS SINCE THE UNION OF THE IONIAN ISLANDS (EPTÁNISA) WITH GREECE 1864-2014’, the name of the issuing country ‘HELLENIC REPUBLIC’ and the mint mark of the Greek State Mint. The spaces between the points of the star feature the symbols of the Ionian Islands. The entire design is encircled in a decorative stylised wave motif. The coin’s outer ring depicts the 12 stars of the European flag.

© European Union, 1998-2019, Official Journal of the European Union, 2014/C 262/03

Additional information

The 'Seven Point Star' symbolizes "The Ionian Dimension". 'The Group of Seven Islands' in the Ionian Sea have produced outstanding representatives in the fields of art. Important musicians, poets, painters and politicians...led their way and still inspire. Clockwise from top, the visuals that symbolize the Ionian islands that are consisted of: "Corfu" island, represented with the "ΑΠΗΔΑΛΟ ΝΑΥΣ"(ship without steering gear) as the island has had 'Great Nautical Powers', and also since ancient times its sailors were well known for their nautical abilities and skills. For the island of "Zante" (Zakynthos), the symbol of "Tripus" of Apollon, it is a usual representation and found since its first coin cut. "Ithaca" island, is represented with the head of Ulysses with the characteristic 'head gear' or "Pilos" on it. It's often found and not only in coins. "Paxi" island(s), are symbolized by the trident, depicted in accordance with a greek mythologycal tale, that "Paxi" were created when Poseidon hit with He's trident the island of Corfu, therefore splitting in two, and on this 'new ground', its where He will live He's love with Amfitriti. The island of "Kithira", is represented with the 'emergence of Aphrodite'. "Lefkas" island, has the 'Apolonian harp', depicted as a symbol for reference to the great musical tradition that it carries. "Cefalonia" island represented with its mythical hero "Kefalo" that gave the island his - its name.

(according to Maria Andonatou, 23 May 2014: https://abload.de/img/ionian.islandsxzy3f.png)

Edge lettering

« ΕΛΛΗΝΙΚΗ ΔΗΜΟΚΡΑΤΙΑ ★ » HELLENIC REPUBLIC

Designer

Maria Antonatou

Volume of issue

2014
National Mint ( Halandri (Athen) )
DateVolumePrice
Circulation coins 24.09.2014Rolls of 25 coins742.5002,00
Coincard BU24.09.2014Official coincard7.5005,00
Divisional coin set Proof16.12.2014also contains 2€ CC «400 years since the death of Domenikos Theotokopoulos» and 2€ CC «150th anniversary of the union of the Ionian Islands with Greece»2.50090,00