|1st January 2008 sees Cyprus and Malta join the Euro zone. This brings the number of countries which have the euro as their national currency to 15. |
To commemorate this event, both countries are issuing a miniature sheet, consisting of two stamps, the one representing Aphrodite, the Cypriot goddess of love, and the other the statuette of Malta known as the Sleeping Lady or Fat Lady. The nominal value of the miniature is € 2 (€ 1 each stamp).
As it is known, there are seven banknotes with values of 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 200 and 500 euro, eight coins, two of 1 and 2 euro and six with its subdivision into 1, 2, 5, 10, 20, and 50 cents in circulation. The banknotes are common to all the countries of the Euro zone and depict designs symbolizing Europe's architectural heritage. The coins have one common side for all the countries and a national side with different representations from each country.
Text: Paschalis Eliopoulos, Nicosia
Source: Department of Postal Services, Republic of Cyprus.