Details relating to the Greek Commemorative of 2016.
Issue Date: 16.12.2016
Number Minted: 750,000
Mint: National Mint Halandri
Mint Mark : Acanthus Leaf.
This coin was issued to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the fire in the Arkadi Monastery.
At the time of the Turkish occupation 1,000 Cretian insurgents entrenched themselves in the Arkadi monastery. In order not to be taken captive when the Turks stormed the monastery the insurgents tourched the monastery which contained a large quantity of gunpowder.
The resulting explosion is believed to have taken around 1,000 lives both Cretan and Turkish. This deed is regarded as the beginning of the freeing of Crete from Turkish rule.
The motif of the coin is a frontal view of the famous monastery.
Around the edge of the inner circle from eight to eleven o'clock is the inscription Greek Democracy in the Hellenic Script. Under the image of the monastery is the inscription Arkadi Monastery in the Hellenic Script. At one o'clock is the date of issue - 2016 and at six o'clock we see the mint mark.