Greece is issuing a circulating commemorative €2 coin to celebrate
the ancient settlement of Philippi.
An image of the archaeological site featuring part of Basilica B,
and linear motifs inspired by a border pattern from an ancient Greek
mosaic discovered at the site appear on the obverse of the coin.
Inscribed along the inner circle are Greek inscriptions translating
to “Archaeological Site of Philippi” and “Hellenic Republic.” Also
inscribed in the background is the year of issuance 2017 and to the
right a palmette (the Mint mark of the Greek Mint). Visible at the
lower left is the monogram of the artist, George Stamatopoulos.
There was a time when the Morgan dollar was
actually a half dollar:
Another column in the July 31 issue of Coin World explains how
collectors can create their own archival-quality holders for
oversized paper money.
The city was renamed by Philip II of Macedon in 356 B.C. and
abandoned in the 14th century after being conquered by the Ottomans.
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In 2016, the city joined the United Nations Educational, Scientific
and Cultural Organization World Heritage Site list.
A total of 750,000 of the Greek €2 coins are due for release in the
second half of 2017.
The ringed-bimetallic coin has a copper-nickel core and
The coin’s outer ring depicts the 12 stars of the European flag. The
common reverse shows a map of the European Union.
The €2 coin weighs 8.5 grams and measures 25.75 millimeters in diameter.