Finland - 2 euros 2012 (50th anniversary of birth of Helene Schjerfbeck)
Slovenia - 2 euros 2013 (800th anniversary of visits to Postojna Cave)
Slovakia - 2 euros 2013 (Saint Cyrillus and Methodius)
Luxembourg - 2 euros 2012 (100 anniversary of the death of Grand Duke William IV)
Italy - 2 euros 2012 (100 Years since the Death of Giovanni Pascoli)
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 1 euro coins have circulated in Greece since the introduction of the
Common European Currency on January 1, 2002:
The owl, symbol of goddess Athena, as it was depicted on an ancient Greek tetradrachm (5th century b.C.). Athena was patron of the crafts, wisdom and battle. She became the patron goddess of the city of Athens, in a competition with Poseidon. They agreed ...
Greek Euro Coins