2016 Olympia 1g Proof 999 Gold Coin
UNESCO-listed since 1989, Olympia is one of Greece’s most important archaeological sites, with its Temple of Zeus. Temple of Hera (Heraion). Palaestra and gymnasium. It was already a centre of worship to Olympian Zeus in the 11th century BC and became the venue for of the Olympic Games in the 8th century BC, with the sacred truce providing the participants safe passage to the games. The so-called “treasuries”, erected to house the votive offerings to the various city-states, attest to the prestige that Olympia enjoyed throughout the Greek world, from Sicily and Magna Graecia to Northern Africa and ancient Byzantium. Participation in the games was at first reserved only to Greeks, but in the Roman era was opened up to all the nations of the empire, turning the Olympics into a truly international event. With the modern revival of the Games in 1896, Olympia has become a universal symbol of fair play, sportsmanship and peaceful co-existence.
- Metal: 999 Gold
- Weight: 1g
- Issued by: National Bank of Greece
- Year of Issue: 2016
- Mintage Limit: 1500
- Diameter: 14mm
- Finish: Proof Quality
The reverse side depicts a stylised image of 2 athletes competing in ancient Olympia. The year date of 2016 is also inscibed.
The obverse depicts the Greek Coat of Arms in the centre with the crown of Olympic champions, an olive wreath, bordering the circumference. The denomination of 50 Euros is also shown.
Presented in a plush clamshell box with a numbered certificate of authenticity.