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The Central Bank of Greece issued a new €2 euro commemorative coin -“2.500th anniversary of the Battle of Marathon” today. The coin commemorates the 2,500th anniversary of the Battle of Marathon. The center of the coin shows a composite of a shield and a runner/warrior representing the struggle for freedom and the noble ideals that the Battle of Marathon stands for. The bird on the shield symbolises the birth of Western civilization in its present form.

There’s 2.5 million being issued, and it seems they’re available online for … e2.90. The .90 is the “premium” you pay so you don’t have to buy a whole roll. Of course if you are in Athens this week you can pop into the Bank of Greece on Panepistimio and buy a roll for 50 euro (valued at 2 euro each). My friend Jenice got a roll and will be bringing them back as gifts for running friends who didn’t join her here in Athens for the Marathon (thanks for the tip!)

By Athensguide

How does a little girl from Skokie, Illinois find herself in historical Athens, leading curious explorers through the winding streets of Plaka, down "pezodromos" to hidden ouzeries for tempting mezedhes and homemade barrel wine? The journey began more than twenty years ago, and regardless of whether the wanderlust comes from the spiritual and culture DNA flowing through my veins, or the alignment of the stars on that cold mid-December day this Sagitterian came into the world, I never seem to tire of exploring my adopted homeland of Greece. Here you'll join me as I explore Athens: be it the back streets of Psirri and Gazi, or through the National Gardens and Zappeio where a family of turtles makes their home, or down wide, treelined Imittou Street in Pagrati, which pulses with Athenian life 24 hours a day. And while Athens has stolen my heart, the rest of Greece vies for my curiousity and wanderlust. My two guys (that'd be the Greek God, Vasilis and our Greek dog, Scruffy) and I can often be found settling in for a long weekend in some charming mountain village, or a quaint fishing port on a nearby island, or learning how Greek vitners are producing wines that rival some of Napa Valley's finests productions, or celebrating a panayeri in Epirus or sharing in the festivities as a family of Cretan sheepherders come together to sheer their 1500 sheep in the spring ... And if you happen to find yourself heading to Athens, consider finding yourself a real home for your stay. Living amongst the locals, be it for 3 nights or 3 weeks, will offer you the chance to experience true Athens, beyond the Acropolis. Choose from one of our 5 beautiful penthouse and historical homes, and who knows, I may be leading you down that winding "pezodromo" to our favorite hidden ouzerie!

2 thoughts on “Marathon-Mania: New 2 euro coin issued for Greece”
  1. See, I do read your blog-and I’m on my way tot he post office to get one of the coins. They were beginning to set up tents in front of the stadium this morning (Tuesday).

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