Greek 1 drachma coins

The name drachma is derived from the verb dratto ("to grasp"), as initially a drachma was a fistful (a "grasp") of six oboloi (metal sticks), which were used as a form of currency as early as 1100 BC. The 5th century BC Athenian tetradrachmon ("four drachmae") coin was the most widely used coin in the Greek world prior to the time of Alexander the Great.

After Alexander the Great's conquests, the name drachma was used in many of the Hellenistic kingdoms in the Middle East, including the Ptolemaic kingdom in Alexandria. The Arabic unit of currency known as dirham known from pre-Islamic times and afterwards, inherited its name from the drachma; the dirham is still the name of the official currencies of Morocco and the United Arab Emirates. The Armenian dram also derives its name from the drachma.

The following 1 drachma coins have circulated in Greece until the introduction of the Common European Currency on January 1, 2002:

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Obverse of Greek 1 drachma coin /images/currency/KM200/KM189_2000a.jpg
1 drachma - Bouboulina - Heroin

The figure that dominated the naval operations of the Greek War of Independence (1821-1830) was Laskarina Bouboulina. When her second Spetsiot husband, D. Bouboulis, was killed during a battle with Algerian pirate ships in 1811, Bouboulina took over his ...

Krause - Mishler #189
Diameter 24 mm
Weight 8.5 gr
Composition 0.9167 Gold 0.2505 oz AGW (22K)
Edge Milled
Year Mintage Price Shop
2000 - Proof 10,000 pieces € 418.00 Buy
Obverse of Greek 1 drachma coin /images/currency/KM200/KM150_1990a.jpg
1 drachma - Bouboulina - Heroin

The figure that dominated the naval operations of the Greek War of Independence (1821-1830) was Laskarina Bouboulina. When her second Spetsiot husband, D. Bouboulis, was killed during a battle with Algerian pirate ships in 1811, Bouboulina took over his ...

Krause - Mishler #150
Diameter 18 mm
Thickness 1.46 mm
Weight 2.5 gr
Composition Copper 99,9%, Phosphorous 0,02%
Edge Smooth
Other information Engraver: Kazakos
Year Mintage Price Shop
2000 - Uncirculated Unknown € 0.45 Buy
1998 - Uncirculated Unknown € 0.40 Buy
1994 - Uncirculated Unknown € 0.40 Buy
1992 - Uncirculated Unknown € 0.40 Buy
1990 - Uncirculated Unknown € 0.35 Buy
1988 - Uncirculated 36,707,000 pieces € 0.40 Buy
Obverse of Greek 1 drachma coin /images/currency/KM200/KM116_1978b.jpg
1 drachma - Konstantinos Kanaris

Konstantinos Kanaris (1793 - 1877) came from the island of Psara. He blew up the Turkish armada at Chios and at Tenedos and other Turkish ships at Mytilene and Samos (1824). He also attempted to burn the Turkish ships at the port of Alexandria in order ...

Krause - Mishler #116
Diameter 21 mm
Weight 4.1 gr
Composition Nickel - Brass
Edge Smooth
Other information Engravers: L. Orphanos, N. Perantinos
Year Mintage Price Shop
1986 - Uncirculated 17,901,000 pieces € 0.70 Buy
1984 - Uncirculated 33,665,000 pieces € 0.65 Buy
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