Bimetallic Coin - The Phoenix of 1828
Bimetallic Coin - The Phoenix of 1828
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Bimetallic Coin - The Phoenix of 1828

Bimetallic
2006002565
€40,00
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The Phoenix of 1828
One of the first measures taken by Governor Ioannis Kapodistrias to organize the newly established Greek state and assert its independence was to issue a national currency in order to replace foreign currencies in transactions. On 29 July 1828, the Fourth National Assembly of Argos introduced the first modern Greek monetary system, based on the “phoenix”, divided into 100 lepta.
The first silver “phoenix” coins were struck on 27 June 1829 in the courtyard of Kapodistrias’ house in Aegina under the supervision of Alexandros Kontostavlos, on a 1530 press purchased from the Knights of St John of Malta. The first dies were engraved by goldsmith Hatzi-Grigoris Pyrovolistis.
The first silver “phoenix” coins were struck on 27 June 1829 in the courtyard of Kapodistrias’ house in Aegina under the supervision of Alexandros Kontostavlos, on a 1530 press purchased from the Knights of St John of Malta. The first dies were engraved by goldsmith Hatzi-Grigoris Pyrovolistis.

TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS AND OTHER INFORMATION

  • Nominal Value: 5€
  • Diameter: 27.25 mm
  • Weight: 9 gr
  • Edge shape: plain
  • Edge thickness: 2.20 mm
  • Metal: CuNi25CuNi19, polymer ring
  • Maximum issue: 125,000 pieces
  • Minting quality: Brilliant uncirculated
  • Coin designed by: George Stamatopoulos
  • Packaging artwork: Areti Michelioudaki
  • Minted at: Bank of Greece/Printing Works Department
  • Packaging: Coin Card Blister


INFORMATION OF FIRST MINTING

  • Alloy: silver 900%, copper 100%
  • Mint: Aegina
  • Engraver: Hatzi – Grigoris Pyrovolistis
  • Weight: 4.408 gr, Diameter: 22 mm
  • Year: 1828


The coins are bimetallic Cu Ni with an inner polymer ring in blue colour. The bimetallic coins may be purchased individually, each in a blister case.

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