The Bank of Greece has announced that they will issue, on the 25th October, this year’s Proof quality coin sets which include all eight circulation denominations — as well as two commemorative €2 coins which were issued earlier this year. The set includes the circulation pieces ranging from one euro cent to two euros. The additional commemorative coins included are:
- €2, designed by George Stamatopoulos. This commemorative coin marks the 70th anniversary of the union of the Dodecanese Islands with Greece. After the end of World War II, by virtue of the peace treaty signed with Italy, the Italian-occupied Dodecanese islands were ceded to Greece. The official unification ceremony took place on the 7th March 1948.
- €2, designed by George Stamatopoulos. In remembrance of the 75th anniversary of the death of Kostis Palamas (1859-1943). Palamas is remembered as one of the primary writers that revitalised modern Greek poetry and became a towering figure in Greek literary life. He was an ardent supporter of demotic, or vernacular Greek, and contributed decisively to its recognition as a poetic medium. His funeral in 1943 was attended by thousands of Athenians, and the sizable gathering, at a time when large crowds of people on the streets was prohibited by Nazi occupiers, turned into a massive demonstration against both the invasion and occupation by the armies of the Third Reich.
The Proof quality gold coins will officially be released on the 25th October. Each Proof coin is encapsulated and presented in a custom crafted wood case which is accompanied by a numbered certificate of authenticity. The 2018-dated Proof set is limited to just 2,000 sets in total. Interested collectors can inquire about purchases by visiting the dedicated website of the Bank of Greece.