National Historical Museum Medal

In the context of the celebrations for the 200th anniversary of the liberation of Greece (1821-2021), Elena Votsi, the internationally renowned Greek designer of the Olympic medals, created, free of charge, a double-sided medal exclusively for the National Historical Museum, for the purposes of its activities.

On the face of the medal, the central facade of the National Historical Museum is displayed, which houses the main body of the collections, with memorabilia of the heroes of 1821. The aim is to highlight the importance of the country’s oldest museum, which from 1884 until today remains the custodian of the historical legacy of Hellenism.

On the reverse side, there are sections of four flags of historical significance: The flag of Hydra, bearing the symbols of the Society of Friends (Filiki Eteria), the cross, the anchor, the owl, and the serpent, symbolizing respectively the sanctity of the struggle, justice, and prudence. The naval flag of the Revolution of 1821, bearing the base of the cross and the tail of the serpent.

The flag of Psara, bearing the inscription “FREEDOM (OR DEATH)” (“ELEFTHERIA I THANATOS”). And finally, part of the newer blue flag with the white cross, which was established by the provisional government at the National Assembly of Epidaurus (January 1822).


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