2 €, Colored,n Union of the Ionian Islands, Greece, 2014

CODE: EUKAP0302029


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Official commemorative 2 Euro coin, with a weight of 8.5 grams and a diameter of 25.75mm, issued by the Bank of Greece in 2014. The coin is dedicated to the 150th anniversary since the Union of the Ionian Islands with Greece.

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 (EPTA’NISA) 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 stylized wave motif.


The 'Seven Point Star' symbolizes the "Ionian Dimension" („Ιόνια Διάσταση“): the 'Group of Seven Islands' (Eptanisa) 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 trident: 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, depicted on a scallop, symbolizing her 'emergence from the sea' — Lefkada is represented by the 'Apollonian harp' ("ΑπολλώνιαΆρπα"), symbol for its great musical tradition — Cephalonia's emblem is its mythical - eponymous - hero Cephalus. The coin was designed by Maria Andonatou, whose signet is depicted at lower left.


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