Greek 10 cents coins

The poorest member of the EU, Greece saw EMU as an essential step towards achieving its strategic and economic ambitions. In spite of the euro's weakness when Greece entered the euro-zone on January 1 2001, opinion polls showed that some 70 per cent of Greeks were in favour of membership. There was little attachment to the drachma, as europe's second-oldest currency was linked in Greek minds with economic and political backwardness. Greece leveraged the euro to encourage foreign direct investment with a view to the country becoming a business and transport hub, linking south-east Europe with EU markets.

The following 10 cents coins have circulated in Greece since the introduction of the Common European Currency on January 1, 2002:

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10 cents - Rigas-Fereos Velestinlis

Rigas-Fereos (Velestinlis) (1757-1798) was a forerunner and leading figure of the Greek enlightenment and confederation. He was the first to visualize the liberation of the Balkans from the Ottoman Empire and was executed by the Ottomans in 1798 after vainly attempting to launch a Balkan-wide revolt against Ottoman rule

Krause - Mishler #184
Diameter 19.75 mm
Thickness 1.93 mm
Weight 4.1 gr
Composition Nordic gold (89% copper - 5% aluminium - 5% zinc - 1% tin)
Edge Shaped edge with fine scallops (40 scallops)
Other information Designer: P.Sotirio
Year Mintage Price Shop
2004 - Uncirculated 9,970,000 pieces € 0.99 Buy
2003 - Uncirculated 500,700 pieces € 1.00 Buy
2002 - Uncirculated 138,940,055 pieces € 1.08 Buy
2002 "F" - France - Uncirculated 100,000,000 pieces € 0.90 Buy
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