CRETE -The Minoan Ship

It was an early, of exceptional perfection (oared- sailed), sea-going ship of mixed use, which distinguished Minoan Crete until 1500 BC as master of the seas. It had 42 wide oars and approximately 55 crewmen and reached 30 metres in length. The Minoans of Crete are an example of an early Western civilization that used celestial navigation. Their palaces and mountaintop sanctuaries exhibit architectural features that align with the rising sun on the equinoxes, as well as the rising and setting of particular stars. The Minoans made sea voyages to the island of Thera and to Egypt. Both of these trips would have taken more than a day’s sail for the Minoans and would have left them traveling by night across open water. The replica of a Minoan Sailing Ship is exhibited in Marine Museum of Crete in Chania.

Release Dates

2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018


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