The Bank of Greece has introduced a new collector coin series for 2022 entitled “Ancient Greek Technology.” The first coin, which launches the series, focuses on the Antikythera mechanism, an extraordinary example of ancient technology often referred to as “the world’s oldest computer.”
The coins are produced by the Bank of Greece’s own mint facilities in Athens and are designed by artisan engraver George Stamatopoulos. The obverse side depicts the largest fragment of the Antikythera mechanism centred, which is highlighted by elements of colour tint. Surrounding the primary design is the inscription ΑΡΧΑΙΑ ΕΛΛΗΝΙΚΗ ΤΕΧΝΟΛΟΓΙΑ – Ο ΜΗΧΑΝΙΣΜΟΣ ΤΩΝ ΑΝΤΙΚΥΘΗΡΩΝ (“Ancient Greek technology – the Antikythera Mechanism”), which is superimposed over a border of an intricate representation of technology. The year of issue 2022 is placed to the left side, and the Hellenic Mint’s distinctive mintmark is seen just to the lower right of the mechanism. The reverse side depicts the remainder of the representation of technology seen along the border on the obverse. Centred is the crest of the Hellenic Republic with the text ΕΛΛΗΝΙΚΉ ΔΗΜΟΚΡΑΤΊΑ (“Hellenic Republic”) and the coins’ denomination 10 EYPΩ (“10 Euro”) shown just under the crest.
|10 euro||.925 Silver||34.1 g||40 mm||Proof with applied colour||2,000|
Available from the 13th September, the coins are encapsulated and presented in a Bank of Greece-branded custom case accompanied by a certificate of authenticity. A date for the coins’ sale has not yet been announced. For additional information, please click here.