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Bank of Greece, Finance Ministry present commemorative coins for Battles of Thermopylae, Salamis

Bank of Greece (BoG) Governor Yannis Stournaras presented on Tuesday coins celebrating the 2,500th anniversary of the Battle of Thermopylae and the Naval Battle of Salamis, at an event at the bank.


The meeting was attended by Finance Minister Christos Staikouras and honorary president of the Thermopylae-Salamis 2020 anniversary year, Marianna Vardinoyannis.
The collectors' coins are part of the BoG's coin programme that it runs jointly with the Finance Ministry since 1984.
"As has been written, these battles belong to the world, to the universe; they are the ambassadors of the Greek spirit and grandeur that never left the country," Staikouras said, noting national unity, faith and a sense of Greek identity as the values the coins stand for.
Governor Stournaras said 2020 also marks additional anniversaries: the centennial of the incorporation of Thrace in the Greek state, the centennial of the founding of the Economic University of Athens, the 75th anniversary of the National Foundation of Radio and the 150th anniversary of the birth of Greek popular painter Theofilos.