Greek collectible silver proof coin with a face value of 10 euros, for the Greek Culture - Ancient Greek Technology - The Antikythera Mechanism, maximum number of 2,000 pieces, Bank of Greece mint, issued in 2022. The photo is indicative, the coin you will receive is in the original box along with the certificate of authenticity.
Greek collectible silver proof coin with a face value of 10 euros, for the Greek Culture - Historians - Xenophon, maximum number of 1,500 pieces, Bank of Greece mint, issued in 2022. The photo is indicative, the coin you will receive is in the original box along with the certificate of authenticity. Xenophon (430-355 BC) spent his formative years in Athens during the Peloponnesian War and was a disciple of Socrates. After the defeat of Athens, he fought as a mercenary, alongside other Greeks (known as the myrioi, “the Ten Thousand”), in Cyrus the Younger’s campaign against his own brother, King Artaxerxes of Persia. Xenophon led the myrioi on their long and perilous march back to Greece and later recounted the events in his Expedition of Cyrus (Anabasis). He was banished from Athens, probably because of his Spartan sympathies. A military leader and a man of letters, Xenophon left a rich oeuvre, popular over the ages for its simple and graceful style. His main historical work, Hellenica, picks up where Thucydides broke off (411 BC) and continues up to the end of the Theban hegemony (362 BC). Albeit far from an unbiased or full account, it remains a valuable source for that period of Greek history. Xenophon also wrote seminal works, including a dialogue on household economics (Oeconomicus), treatises on public finances (Ways and means) and government (Constitution of the Spartans, Hiero), Socratic works (Apology, Memorabilia, Symposium), biographies (Agesilaos) and others.
Greek collectible silver proof coin with a face value of 10 euros, for the Philhellenes - Lord Byron, maximum number of 2,000 pieces, Bank of Greece mint, issued in 2022. The photo is indicative, the coin you will receive is in the original box along with the certificate of authenticity. George Gordon Byron (London 1788-Missolonghi 1824) was an emblematic figure of European Romanticism and one of the most important poets of the 19th century. From a very young age, he embraced liberal and philhellenic ideals. His Grand Tour of the Mediterranean in 1809 brought him to Greece, to which he dedicated the second canto of his defining poetic work, Childe Harold’s Pilgrimage. The outbreak of the Greek Revolution in 1821 set fire to Byron’s romantic soul. He ultimately moved to Greece in 1823 in order to take part in the struggle and settled in Missolonghi, where he spent much of his fortune on setting up military and naval units. However, he was never to see action, as his life was cut short on 19 April 1824, following a serious illness. His untimely death was a tragic loss and was deeply mourned by the Greeks, but at the same time boosted philhellenic sentiment around the world.
Greek commemorative copper nickel proof coin 2 euros, for the 200 Years from the first Greek Constitution, maximum number of pieces 1,500, Bank of Greece mint, issued in 2022. From 20 December 1821 to 16 January 1822, the revolted Greeks held their first National Assembly at Nea Epidavros (known then as Piada), which adopted modern Greece’s first government charter, the Provisional Constitution of Greece.
Greek collectible gold proof coin with a face value of 200 euros, for the 100 years from the Asia Minor Disaster, maximum number of 750 pieces, Bank of Greece mint, issue in 2022. The photo is indicative, the coin you will receive is in the original box along with the certificate of authenticity. The Asia Minor Disaster was the dramatic conclusion of the three-year Asia Minor Campaign, fuelled by the irredentist Great Idea (Megali Idea). A fierce counterattack by the Turks in August 1922 led to the collapse of the front and the withdrawal of the Greek troops, which had landed in Smyrna with the Allies’ authorisation in 1920 and then advanced inland into Anatolia. In September 1922, the Turks burned down Smyrna, forcing thousands of Greeks to abandon their ancestral homes and flee across the Aegean. The toll was tragic: thousands of deaths and casualties, pillaging, and the eradication of the Greek element from Asia Minor. Greece received a huge wave of refugees, especially after the Lausanne Treaty of 1923 and the convention on the exchange of populations. The refugee question would dominate political, social and economic developments in interwar Greece. The refugees gradually assimilated into Greek society, which they enriched with their spirit of enterprise and their culture and traditions, while always keeping alive the memory of their lost homeland.