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  • Greece (2002 » 2017)
  • ISSUE DATE : 01-01-2002
  • DESIGNER : Georges Stamatopoulos
  • DIAMETER : 25,75mm
  • WEIGHT : 8,5 grams
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Europa abducted by Zeus

Edited by tiko165
02-09-2016 the 18:58

Portrays a scene from a mosaic in Sparta (third century AD), showing Europa being abducted by Zeus, who has taken the form of a bull. In Greek mythology Europa was a beautiful Phoenician princess, daughter of Agenor and Telephassa.

Zeus saw her gathering flowers and immediately fell in love with her. Zeus transformed himself into a white bull and carried Europa away to the island of Crete. He then revealed his true identity and Europa became the first queen of Crete.



Europa has lent her name to the continent of Europe, which is called Europa in all Germanic languages (except English), and in all Slavic languages which use the Latin alphabet, as well as in Greek and Latin.



Issued coins

2002: 75.400.000 2003: 550.000 2004: Wallet 2005: 1.000.000 2006: 1.000.000 2007: Wallet 2008: 1.032.522 2009: 1.000.000 2010: Wallet 2011: Wallet 2012: Wallet 2013: Wallet 2014: Wallet 2015: No data 2016: No data 2017: No data