CRETE – Chania

Chania is the second city of Crete and the capital of the Chania Prefecture. It lies along the North coast of Crete, about 70 kilometers west of Rethymno and 145 kilometers west of Heraklion.Despite being heavily bombed in World War II, Chania’s old city is considered Crete’s most beautiful town, especially the crumbling Venetian harbour with its 15th century lighthouse and the Mosque of the Janissaries. Many of the old buildings have been restored as hotels, shops and bars, although the Splantzia quarter behind the inner harbour and Venetian Arsenals is still largely untouched and very atmospheric. The 1860 Greek Orthodox Cathedral is located in a square facing the entrance to the 1879 Roman Catholic cathedral across Halidhon street. The Synagogue – Etz Hayyim in the Topanas District, has been restored in recent years after falling into disrepair when the Jewish community of Chania was transported off the island by the Nazi occupiers in 1944. Tragically a British torpedo sank the ship Tanais carrying most of the Jewish prisoners, killing the island’s pre-war community.

Release Dates

2004, 2014, 2016


  • Coin Alloy Name: brass
  • Coin Alloy Color: gold
  • Coin Diameter: 31
  • Coin Thickness: 2,25
  • Coin Edge: serrated, fine with script
  • City: CRETE
  • Country: Greece
  • Available: yes
  • Location: CRETE, Greece