Details relating to the Greek Commemorative of 2010.
Issue Date: 25.10.2010
Number Minted: 2,500,000
Mint: National Mint Halandri
Mint Mark : Acanthus Leaf.
This coin commemorates the famous “Battle of Marathon” that took place no less than 2,500 years ago.
In the year 490 B.C. the Greeks met and defeated the numerically superior force of Persians led by their King Darius. The details of the battle are not certain but certain is that the Persians sustained heavy losses and the Greeks won and saved not only their own country but the rest of Europe from Persian domination.
Within the inner circle there is a synthesis of a shield and a warrior. This can be seen as symbolizing the battle for freedom. The bird on the shield represents the birth of western civilization.
Around the edge of the inner circle from eleven to four o’clock is the inscription “MAPAΘΩNAΣ 2500 XPONIA” (Marathon 2500 years). From nine to four o’clock is the inscription “ΕΛΛΗΝΙΚΗ ΔΗΜΟΚΡΑΤΙΑ 490 Π.X. 2010 M.X.” (490 B.C. 2010 A.D.).
The mint mark appears at ten o’clock and the initials of the designer are to be seen a little in from nine o’clock.