Greece: Socrates Honored on 10 Euro Silver Proof Coin

November 24, 2012 in Coins, Greek Coins, Proof Coins, Silver, Silver Coins, World Coins

November 21, 2012 By Michael Alexander (

The Bank of Greece has issued (12th November) a new collector’s coin which pays tribute to one of the world’s most noted and quoted philosophers emerging from the ancient world, Socrates – Σωκράτης (c. 469 – 399 BC).

Considered by scholars throughout recorded history as one of the premier founders of modern Western philosophy, the teachings of Socrates have left their ever-present impact and influence on debate, reason, logic, ethics and to the overall practice of the democratic principle which have been the model that has shaped modern states and civilizations. At a time of social and moral decline within Athens, Socrates openly criticized and questioned prominent Athenians and refused to sanction the existing state of affairs which was contributing to the city – state’s decline. At the same time, Socrates claimed complete loyalty to his city, his actions resulted in his arrest and prosecution in what was one of the most well-known and memorable occurrences reported and whose details survive to this day. Socrates was found guilty of both corrupting the minds of the youth of Athens and of “not believing in the gods of the state” and sentenced to death by drinking poison hemlock. The death of Socrates did not lessen his following or influence within Athenian society but rather heightened it due to the perception that his death was more to do with propaganda and politics.

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