Greece 2 Euro 2015 Spyridon Louis Coincard
In 2015 it is 75 years since Spyridon (Spyros) Louis (1873-1940) passed away. Spyros Louis was the first winner of the Modern Olympic Games Marathon, held for the first time in 1896. A Greek joke is that Spyros Louis immediately after winning the Marathon was so happy that he immediately broke the world long-jump record. A Greek farmer responded very soberly by noticing, "DonÆt you find it strange after such a long run!" To commemorate the 75th anniversary Greece also issued a special 2 Euro coin in a Coincard. On the coin Spyros Louis, and the cup he received after his victory, are depicted. Above the cup is the year 2015. At the bottom of the coin the 80,000 people-filled Panathenaic Stadium (now called the Spyros Louis Stadium) is represented. On the left side of the coin is the country name Greece Democracy, in Greek. At the bottom of the coin is the description æ75th anniversary Spyros LouisÆ also in Greek. On the Coincard Spyros Louis is portrayed in his traditional clothes. The issue of this Coincard i s 7,500 copies.