The White Tower on the waterfront of the city of Thessaloniki houses the Byzantine museum and has been adopted as the symbol of the city. It is one of the leading tourist attractions. The most widely accepted view is that the tower was built immediately after the city fell to the Ottoman Turks in 1430. The monument has changed many names in the course of time and has been used for various purposes before it acquired its present name and function. In the eighteenth century it was called the ‘Kalamaria Fortress’, and in the nineteenth century, when it was a jail for long-term prisoners, it became the ‘Janissaries’ Tower’ and the ‘Bloody Tower’. In 1890 a prisoner named whitewashed it in exchange for his freedom, after which it became known as the ‘White Tower’.

Release Dates

2006, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2019


  • Coin Alloy Name: Alpaca 12
  • Coin Alloy Color: silver
  • Coin Diameter: 31,00
  • Coin Thickness: 2,25
  • Coin Edge: serrated, fine
  • Country: Greece
  • Available: yes
  • Location: THESSALONIKI, Greece