The Bank of Greece has issued (10th December) a new gold coin which highlights the culture and heritage of the ancient city of Pella. Once a thriving metropolis within the city states of Ancient Greece, Pella, the birthplace of Alexander the Great, was once a wealthy and prosperous civilization. The rich archaeological finds, notably at the palace complex, temples and sumptuous private houses, provide a wealth of information about the city’s layout, architecture and economic life. The mosaic floors and the wall-paintings, rare surviving samples of ancient Greek painting, attest to the prosperity of the city and its inhabitants. Pella supplanted Aigai as the capital of the Macedonian state at the turn of the 5th and 4th centuries BC and soon evolved into a major political, economic and cultural center in Greece. Pella fell to the Romans in 168/167 BC and began to lose importance once the seat of the Roman province of Macedonia, created in 148 BC was transferred to Thessaloniki. Sadly, Pella was destroyed by an earthquake, most probably in the early 1st century BC.
The 2012 Ancient City of Pella 50 Euro Gold Coin is designed by George Stamatopoulos who is the artist behind the current one and two Greek EURO circulation coins. The obverse of the coin features decorative elements of a wave and a geometric motif – from a stone tabletop found at the shrine in the so-called house of Poseidon during the Hellenistic period. The bold text in the square center reads “ΑΡΧΑΙΑ ΠΕΛΛΑ” in two lines with the Greek state mintmark placed between the two lines of text. The reverse features the coat of arms of the Hellenic Republic encircled in a decorative and stylized wave motif – also from a stone tabletop found at the shrine in the so-called house of Poseidon of the Hellenistic period. The text “ΕΛΛΗΝΙΚΗ ΔΗΜΟΚΡΑΤΙΑ” is positioned around the crest along the upper half edge.
Struck to proof quality, the highest grade for collector coins, the coin has a face value of 50 Euros and is minted in pure .999 fine gold with a weight of one gram and a diameter of 14 mm. A total mintage of 4,000 pieces has been authorized by the Bank of Greece.
For more information on this and other coins offered by the Bank of Greece, please visit their website at: http://www.bankofgreece.gr/Pages/en/Euro/Notes-coins/Collectors/default.aspx Information is offered in English. A special e-mail address has been arranged for interested collectors, please e-mail directly for information on ordering outside of Greece.