Greek collectible gold proof coin with a face value of 100 euros, for the Balkan Wars 1912-1913, maximum number of 1,500 pieces, Bank of Greece mint, issue in 2012. The photo is indicative, the coin you will receive is in the original box along with the certificate of authenticity. The Balkan Wars occupy a central place in the history of modern Greece. Their victorious outcome for Greece led to the liberation from Ottoman rule of historic Greek territories, doubling the size of the Greek State. The First Balkan War saw the liberation of Epirus, western and central Macedonia, as well as the islands of the northern and eastern Aegean, while the Second Balkan War enabled Greece to formally secure its possession of Thessaloniki, previously liberated during the First Balkan War, and eastern Macedonia. A main characteristic of the Balkan Wars was the striking speed of operations. The Greek victories, largely reflecting the previous modernisation of the Greek State, as well as the unity and high morale of the Greek people, provided a lasting legacy for generations to come. The obverse of the coin features Admiral Pavlos Kountouriotis and the Greek flag in the background. The reverse of the coin features the battleship “Averof” surmounted by the coat of arms of the Hellenic Republic.
Greek collectible gold proof coin with a face value of 100 euros, for the centenary of the liberation of Thessaloniki, maximum number of 1,500 pieces, Bank of Greece mint, issue in 2012. The photo is indicative, the coin you will receive is in the original box along with the certificate of authenticity. Since its foundation in Hellenistic times, Thessaloniki has always been an important centre of Hellenism. Thanks to its strategic position, the city assumed an increasingly pivotal role in the Balkans as a multi-ethnic and multicultural crossroads, both during Byzantine times and later under Ottoman rule. Thessaloniki was recaptured by the Greeks during the First Balkan War on 26 October 1912 and was formally ceded to Greece at the Balkan War with the signing of the Treaty 28 July 1913. Liberation would soon usher in a new era of progress and growth, especially after the Asia Minor Disaster of 1922 and the massive influx refugees, who would give new momentum and social life of the city. The obverse of the collector gold coin features a circular gold foil with a rosette at its centre, most probaly the adornment of a gearment (ancient cemetery of Nea Philadelphia, Thessaloniki, c . 480 BC), silhouetted against the Greek flag. The reverse of the coin features the White Tower of Thessaloniki and the coat of arms of the Hellenic Republic, flanked by stylized laurel leaves.