Greek collectible silver proof coin with a face value of 10 euros, Greek Presidency of the EU council 2014, maximum number of 5,000 pieces, Bank of Greece mint, issued in 2014. The photo is indicative, the coin you will receive is in the original box along with the certificate of authenticity. Greece held the Presidency of the Council of the European Union in the first half of 2014, before handing over reins to Italy on 1 July 2014. It is the fifth time that Greece held the Presidency since its accession to the European Communities in 1981. The Presidency is responsible for the functioning of the Council of the European Union, the upper house of the EU legislature. It rotates among the member states of the EU every six months. The presidency is not an individual, but rather the position is held by a national government.
Greek copper nickel BU coin 2 euros, for the 20 Years in the Council of Europe, maximum number of pieces 100.000, issued in 2014. The Council of Europe is an advisory international organisation promoting co-operation between all countries of Europe in the areas of legal standards, human rights, democratic development, the rule of law and cultural co-operation. It was founded in 1949, has 47 member states with 820 million citizens, and is an entirely separate body from the European Union.
Greece commemorative colored nickel copper coin 2 euros, 400 Years since the Death of El Greco, dated 2014. El Greco, born Doménikos Theotokópoulos (1541 – 7 April 1614), was a painter, sculptor and architect of the Spanish Renaissance. "El Greco" (The Greek) was a nickname, a reference to his national Greek origin, and the artist normally signed his paintings with his full birth name in Greek letters. He was born in Crete, which was at that time part of the Republic of Venice, and the center of Post-Byzantine art.
Greece commemorative colored nickel copper coin 2 euros, Union of the Ionian Islands with Greece, dated 2014. The coin celebrates the 150th Anniversary of the Union of the Ionian Islands with Greece. The Ionian Islands are a group of islands in Greece, traditionally called the Heptanese, i.e. "the Seven Islands". From 1204, the Republic of Venice controlled Corfu and slowly all the Ionian islands fell under Venetian rule. In 1797 Napoléon Bonaparte conquered Venice, and by the Treaty of Campo Formio the islanders found themselves under French rule. In 1809, the British defeated the French fleet in Zakynthos (October 2, 1809) captured Kefallonia, Kythera and Zakynthos, and took Lefkada in 1810. Once Greek independence was established after 1830, however, the islanders began to resent foreign rule. In 1862, Britain decided to transfer the islands to Greece, as a gesture of support intended to bolster the new king's popularity. On May 2, 1864, the British departed and the islands became three provinces of the Kingdom of Greece though Britain retained the use of the port of Corfu. The 'Seven Point Star' symbolizes the "Ionian Dimension": the 'Group of Seven Islands' in the Ionian Sea bore and inspired outstanding representatives in the fields of Art, important musicians, poets, painters and politicians. Clockwise from top, the visuals symbolize the following islands: Corfu's emblem is the "apēdalos naus" (ship without steering gear), as 'Great Nautical Powers' were attributed to the island and its sailors were well known for their nautical abilities and skills since ancient times. Zakynthos is represented by the sacrificial tripod of Apollo — Ithaca: Odysseus is depicted with the anciant hat Pileus — Paxi's emblem is a triden: according to a mythological tale, it was created when Poseidon hit the island of Corfu with his trident, splitting it in two — Kythira, the island of celestial Aphrodite, is symbolized by her 'emergence from the sea' — Lefkada is represented by the 'Apollonian harp', symbol for its 'Great Musical Tradition' — Cephalonia's emblem is its mythical hero Cephalus, depicted with his hound and spear. The coin’s outer ring depicts the 12 stars of the European flag.