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Picture Depicts a 2002 Greek 1 Cent coin that apart from the date is exactly the same with the 2011 issue

Denomination –  1 Cent (0,01 Euro)
Country –  Greece
Year –  2011
Head Of State – Prime Minister George A. Papandreou
Mint – Athens
Obverse – Advanced Model of an Athenian Trireme of the 5th Century BC (The largest warship afloat for more than 200 years)- Anthemion Flower (Symbol Of the Bank Of Greece) – 12 Stars Of the EU – Denomination (1 Lepto)
Reverse – Globe in the bottom left. The (initial design:2002) then-fifteen members of the EU are lightly highlighted . Six fine lines cut diagonally behind the globe from each side of the coin and have twelve stars at their ends (reflective of the flags of Europe). To the top left is a large number 1 followed, in smaller text, by the words “Euro Cent”. The designers initials, LL, appear to the right of the globe.
Metal – 94,35% Steel – 5,65% Copper
Condition – Uncirculated
Creator – Obverse:  A.Michelioudaki, Reverse: Luc Luycx
Catalogue –  KM #181
Edge – Smooth
Mintage – 34,965,000
Collection – Giannis Koromilas
Diameter  –  16.25 mm
Weight – 2.27 gr
Interesting Facts –  The side of euro cents cannot repeat the denomination of the coin unless the issuing country uses an alphabet other than Latin(currently, Greece and Austria are the only such countries, hence Greece engraves “1 ΛΕΠΤΟ” upon their coins).
Estimated Value – 0,05$

Picture Despicts a 2002 issue of the 1 cent variety that apart from the date is exactly the same with the 2010 coin.

Denomination –  1 Cent (0,01 Euro)
Country –  Greece
Year –  2010
Head Of State – Prime Minister George A. Papandreou
Mint – Athens
Obverse – Advanced Model of an Athenian Trireme of the 5th Century BC (The largest warship afloat for more than 200 years)- Anthemion Flower (Symbol Of the Bank Of Greece) – 12 Stars Of the EU – Denomination (1 Lepto)
Reverse – Globe in the bottom left. The (initial design:2002) then-fifteen members of the EU are lightly highlighted . Six fine lines cut diagonally behind the globe from each side of the coin and have twelve stars at their ends (reflective of the flags of Europe). To the top left is a large number 1 followed, in smaller text, by the words “Euro Cent”. The designers initials, LL, appear to the right of the globe.
Metal – 94,35% Steel – 5,65% Copper
Condition – Uncirculated
Creator – Obverse: A.Michelioudaki, Reverse: Luc Luycx
Catalogue –  KM #181
Edge – Smooth
Mintage – 26,975,000
Collection – Giannis Koromilas
Diameter  –  16.25 mm
Weight – 2.27 gr
Interesting Facts –  4th most rare greek 1 cent coin (from 2002-2011)
Fleur De Coin Value – 0,10$

Euro Designer Luc Luycx

Luc Luycx

Luc Luycx (pronounced Lowx) was a 43-year-old computer engineer and coin designer who lived in Dendermonde, Belgium. Luycx had been working at the Koninklijke Belgische Munt (Royal Belgium Mint) for 15 years, designing coins on computer. In 1996, Luyncx created a series of coins in CorelDRAW and sumbitted them to the design competition held by every EU member state, with the exception of Denmark. He was not alone of course. Professional coin designers, artists and sculptors from all over the European Union submitted their own designs for the contest which was limited to three themes: architectural, abstract and European personalities.

A European jury of independent experts chose the nine best series out of a total of 36 in March 1997. The winning design was the clear favourite of an opinion poll organised by the European Commission among both the general public and a wide range of currency users’ organisations, including consumers and representatives of the blind and the visually impaired, and also with the European Parliament. In the final stages 63.8% of a sample of 1900 europeans selected Luycx’s series of coins, featuring the map of Europe with all the countries’ borders and a background symbolizing Europe with 12 stars. The final decision on the design was taken by the European Council meeting in Amsterdam in June 1997. Luycx won the competition for the common face of the coins and today his designs appear on the back of 50 billion euro coins circulating throughout Europe. He also received 24,000 ECU for his prize-winning series of design.

Who is who

Luycx’s career started out quite differently, as he first worked as a computer engineer. He had no experience with creating designs on the computer, but loved to paint and draw with a pen. When his supervisor asked him to take a coin engraving course 10 years ago, he was introduced to CorelDRAW and his new passion for designing coins began. “When I was designing the coins, I made rough sketches on paper and scanned them into the computer,” said Luycx. “I did the rest of the work, including the design and the editing, with CorelDRAW”.

Designing the euro

Luycx’s main concern was making the value of the coin clear at first glance and even from a distance. So, with clear-cut numbers in his head, he set to work on the design which also emphasises European integration. Next to the number inscriptions of the one, two and five cent coins, Luycx placed a tiny globe with the outlines of the European continent. On some Euro coins, the 15 EU countries are clearly separated, while on others, the individual countries depicted, merge into one continent. “A Europe-wide currency has to be neutral, the graphics can’t be too specific. If I had opted for portraits of famous people or architectural monuments then one country was bound to be more strongly represented”, he says.

Luycx also consciously included England, Denmark and Sweden in his design, though the three are holding on to their national currencies to start with. And with foresight, he even left some scope within his design to include prospective EU member states at a later stage. In this way if the need arises, a new series of euro coins could be rustled up within a few years. Based on plaster models, a precise matrix was drawn up for each of the new coins to be minted from. This pattern ensures that every single coin across the continent has an identical front. The coins also have milled edges to make it easier – especially for those with impaired sight – to recognise different values. Sophisticated bi-metal technology has been incorporated into the Euro 1 and Euro 2 coins which, together with lettering around the edge of the Euro 2 coin will prevent counterfeiting.

Luc Luycx was pleased. “I think they’ve really turned out well, great! I wasn’t expecting that. I’m very pleased with them.” Naturally, Luycx was looking forward to January 1, 2002, when people Europe wide would be exchanging the coins – and his designs – as legal tender for the first time.

Article Taken from Fleur De Coin Website http://www.fleur-de-coin.com/eurocoins/lucluycx.asp

Denomination –  50 Lepta (0,50 Drachmas)
Country –  Greece
Year –  1980
Head Of State – Prime Minister George I. Rallis
Mint – Athens
Obverse – Markos Botsaris – Bust Left
Reverse – Denomination 50 Lepta – Hellenic Republic – 1980
Metal – Copper 79%, Zinc 20%, Nickel 1%
Condition – Uncirculated
Creator – N.Perantinos
Catalogue –  KM #115
Edge – Milled
Mintage – 6.682.000
Collection – Giannis Koromilas
Diameter  –  18.00 mm
Weight – 2.50 gr
Interesting Facts –  The Greek War of Independence was a successful insurgency waged by the Greeks between 1821 and 1827 to win independence from the Ottoman Empire. Markos Botsaris (1788–1823) was a Greek patriot exiled from his native Epirus in 1803, who was prominent in the Greek War of Independence, notably in the defense of Mesolongion (1822–23) and at Karpenision, where he defeated the Turks with a handful of men but died in battle. 
Krause Value – 1,25$
Denomination –  5 Drachmas
Country –  Greece
Year –  2000
Head Of State – Prime Minister George A. Papandreou
Mint – Athens
Obverse – Aristoteles – Bust Left
Reverse – Denomination 5 Drachmas – Hellenic Republic – 2000
Metal – 75% Copper , 25% Nickel
Condition – Uncirculated
Creator – Theodoros Papagiannis
Catalogue – KM#131
Edge – Smooth
Mintage – Unknown
Collection – Giannis Koromilas
Diameter  – 22,50 mm
Weight – 5,50 gr
Interesting Facts –  Aristotle (384-322 BC) was a Greek philosopher and scientist, who shares with Plato and Socrates the distinction of being the most famous of the ancient philosophers. He was born at Stagira, in Macedonia, and at the age of 17 he moved to Athens to study at Plato’s Academy. He remained there for about 20 years, first as a student and then as a teacher, and then moved to Pella, the Macedonian capital, where he became tutor to the king’s young son Alexander, later known as Alexander the Great
Krause Value – 0,75$
Denomination –  5 Cents (0,05 Dollars)
Country –  United States Of America
Year –  2005
Head Of State – President George W. Bush
Mint – Philadelphia
Obverse – Thomas Jefferson, 3rd President of the United States and author of the Declaration of Independence.
Reverse –  Westward Journey Series including “American Bison” and “Ocean in view! O! The joy!”.
Metal – 75% Copper – 25% Nickel
Condition – Uncirculated
Creator – Obv. Designer: Joe Fitzgerald and Don Everhart – Rev. Designer: Joe Fitzgerald and Donna Weaver
Catalogue – KM#369
Edge – Radical
Mintage – 394,080,000
Collection – Giannis Koromilas
Diameter  – 21,2 mm
Weight – 5,00 gr
Interesting Facts – The 1938 through 1942 D versions of the nickel are also made of the same composition, but generally are sold for a premium over their melt value due to rarity. 0,05053606 was the melt value on December 18,2011.As of March 14, 2011, the value of the metal in a nickel is $0.0665396, 33.07% more than its face value. The final Westward Journey nickel reverse  depicts the Pacific Ocean and the words from William Clark’s diary upon reaching it. In a controversial move, the U.S. Mint decided to amend Clark’s actual words. He had originally written, “Ocian in view! O! The Joy!” but as the spelling “ocian” is nonstandard (and might have led to hoarding in the mistaken belief that the Mint had made an error that would soon be corrected), the U.S. Mint decided to modify it to “ocean”
Krause Value – 1,00$ (MS-65)
Denomination –  50 Lepta (0,50 Drachmas)
Country –  Greece
Year –  1978
Head Of State – Prime Minister Kostantinos G. Karamanlis
Mint – Athens
Obverse – Markos Botsaris – Bust Left
Reverse – Denomination 50 Lepta – Hellenic Republic – 1978
Metal – Copper 79%, Zinc 20%, Nickel 1%
Condition – Uncirculated
Creator – N.Perantinos
Catalogue –  KM #115
Edge – Milled
Mintage – 12.010.000
Collection – Giannis Koromilas
Diameter  –  18.00 mm
Weight – 2.50 gr
Interesting Facts –  The Greek War of Independence was a successful insurgency waged by the Greeks between 1821 and 1827 to win independence from the Ottoman Empire. Markos Botsaris (1788–1823) was a Greek patriot exiled from his native Epirus in 1803, who was prominent in the Greek War of Independence, notably in the defense of Mesolongion (1822–23) and at Karpenision, where he defeated the Turks with a handful of men but died in battle. 
Krause Value – 1,00$
Denomination –  1 Cent (0,01 Euro)
Country –  Greece
Year –  2009
Head Of State – Prime Minister George A. Papandreou
Mint – Athens
Obverse – Advanced Model of an Athenian Trireme of the 5th Century BC (The largest warship afloat for more than 200 years)- Anthemion Flower (Symbol Of the Bank Of Greece) – 12 Stars Of the EU – Denomination (1 Lepto)
Reverse – Globe in the bottom left. The (initial design:2002) then-fifteen members of the EU are lightly highlighted . Six fine lines cut diagonally behind the globe from each side of the coin and have twelve stars at their ends (reflective of the flags of Europe). To the top left is a large number 1 followed, in smaller text, by the words “Euro Cent”. The designers initials, LL, appear to the right of the globe.
Metal – 94,35% Steel – 5,65% Copper
Condition – Uncirculated
Creator – Obverse: A.Michelioudaki, Reverse: Luc Luycx
Catalogue –  KM #181
Edge – Smooth
Mintage – 49,975,000
Collection – Giannis Koromilas
Diameter  –  16.25 mm
Weight – 2.27 gr
Interesting Facts –  The side of euro cents cannot repeat the denomination of the coin unless the issuing country uses an alphabet other than Latin(currently, Greece and Austria are the only such countries, hence Greece engraves “1 ΛΕΠΤΟ” upon their coins).
Krause Value – 0,35 $
Denomination –  1 Cent (0,01 Dollars)
Country –  United States Of America
Year –  1957
Head Of State – President Dwight D. Eisenhower
Mint – Philadelphia
Obverse – Abraham Lincoln, In God We Trust, Liberty, 1957
Reverse – E Pluribus Unum, One Cent, Unites States Of America, Two Wheat Stalks
Metal – 95% Copper – 5% Zinc
Condition – Uncirculated
Creator – Victor David Brenner
Catalogue –  KM #132
Edge – Plain
Mintage – 282,540,000
Collection – Giannis Koromilas
Diameter  –  19.0 mm
Weight – 3.10 gr
Interesting Facts – Mint Mark Appears Only in Denver and San Francisco Issues. All other coins were minted in Philadelphia. The Lincoln cent coinage represented new directions the mint had begun taking. Of the most notable is that it was the first circulating coin to feature a portrait of an actual person and not that of lady liberty. This spelled the beginning of the end for lady liberty on other denominations in years to come.Being the first coin to depict a real person is not the only “first” status that the cent can claim to. The Lincoln cent was also the first to bear the term “IN GOD WE TRUST”, the first cent ever to be minted at the Denver Mint, and in WWII issue the first and only U.S. circulating coin made of steel.
Krause Value – 9,00 $ (MS-65)