Find 2 euros with a bull and earn a lot of money: this phrase, like many others that we have already analyzed, in the world of coin collecting, you were probably told recently. In fact, 2 Euro coins are some of the most desirable for collecting, especially thanks to the special editions issued with commemorative cones.
However, this time we are talking about one of the coins issued for the regular cycle, and in a continuous way, the 2 euro for Greece which sees on the different side of each country – the face is common to all – the scene of the kidnapping of Europe by Zeus turned into a bull. It is a scene from Greek mythology that has numerous references to the European Union. Let’s find out about its value in this article.
2 Euros with a Bull: Description of the 2 Euros for Greece
To fully understand the currency we are talking about, let’s move on to a detailed description of the currency. Euro 2 for Greece “with the bull” exists first in two versions, the one that was drafted from 2002 to 2006, and then from 2007 onwards with the EU borders updated on the obverse. The obverse, as we remind you again, is the same for all countries and sees the face value of the currency and the borders of the European Union engraved with 12 stars, 6 at the top and 6 at the bottom, connected to each other by vertical lines.
The reverse of the Greek 2 euro coin depicts, as we have already said, the scene of the kidnapping of Europa by Zeus who turned into a bull taken from a mosaic of Sparta dating back to the 3rd century BC. To the left of the bull is located: below the inscription with the author’s initials; In the Yoruba inscription in modern Greek letters. At the top right we find an inscription of the Greek mint symbol, Anthem. Under the bull the face value of the coin is repeated in modern Greek letters, while on the outer border are 12 stars of the founding states of the European Union. On either side of the star at 6 o’clock, the millennium of the mint is divided into two parts.
2 euros with a bull: what is the value of a coin?
How do you know that 2 Euro with a bull you’ve found is worth something important? The buildings are different. Looking at specialized sites, it can be seen that Greece gave more than 2 145 million euros in coins in 2002, and they have no value higher than the face value. As happened to the 1 euro coin (the coin with the owl/owl), Finland minted about 70 million copies by putting the letter “S” in the star at 6 o’clock. This is an important detail to remember, because someone sells on the Internet as a mintage error. This coin is actually quite common.
However, in 2004, 2007 and from 2011 to today, Greece minted only two Euro coins intended for collectible (Brilliant Uncirculated and Proof), and therefore in limited numbers. Among these coins, the one with the most value currently is the one from 2007, which has a value of 36 euros. Others tend to fluctuate between 10 and 20 euros in value.
Why are they selling 2 euros with a bull in thousands of euros?
It is not uncommon to find on Ebay auctions dedicated samples of this coin for sale for thousands of euros. All of these auctions advertise coins with “mint errors”. Mint error is the peculiarity (or more particularity) that makes a coin unique. But be careful: the minting market is unregulated.
This means that the owner of the alleged mintage can ask for the amount he prefers, and it is up to the buyer to decide whether or not to accept it. As we’ve said, it can also happen that a common feature, such as the “s” of the Finnish mint, is discarded – out of ignorance or bad faith – as a minting error. Therefore, before making investments, it is better to rely on a numerical expert.