Luxembourg - 2 euros 2012 (10 years of euro banknotes and coins)
Spain - 2 euros 2013 (Monastery and Site of the Escorial, Madrid)
Greece - 2 euros 2014 (Union of the Ionian Islands with Greece)
Greece - 2 euros 2013 (Founding of the Platonic Academy)
Malta - 2 euros 2014 (Independence from Britain in 1964)
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
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:
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 ...
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 ...
Greek Drachma Coins