THESSALONIKI – Vergina Sun (Macedonian Star)

The Vergina Sun or Star of Vergina is a symbol of a stylised star with sixteen rays. It was found in archaeological excavations in Vergina, in northern Greece, where it was discovered on a golden larnax found by Professor Manolis Andronikos in 1977 in the tombs of the kings of the ancient kingdom of Macedon. The larnax is on display at the archaeological museum in Vergina, very close to where it was found. Another version of the Vergina Sun, with 12 rays, was found on the larnax of Olympias.Following the discovery of the larnax, many Greeks adopted the Vergina Sun as a symbol of continuity between ancient Macedonian culture and modern Greece. The symbol is now widely used within Greece; the Vergina Sun on a blue background is commonly used as a state emblem of the three peripheries, the prefectures and the municipalities of the region of Macedonia. Flags displaying the Vergina Sun in this fashion have been used since the 1980s.

Release Dates

2006, 2008, 2009, 2011(3), 2012, 2015, 2018(2)


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