Greek 20 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 20 drachma coins have circulated in Greece until the introduction of the Common European Currency on January 1, 2002:

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20 drachmas - Dionysious Solomous

Dionisios Solomos encouraged the nation emerging from Turkish bondage and his fine Hymn to Liberty (1823), written at the age of 25, became the national anthem of Greece. He was born in Zakinthos in 1978, which, by a quirk of history, was at that time ...

Krause - Mishler #154
Diameter 24.5 mm
Thickness 1.8 mm
Weight 7 gr
Composition Copper 92%, Alumnium 6%, Nickel 2%
Edge Milled
Year Mintage Price Shop
2000 - Uncirculated Unknown € 0.70 Buy
1998 - Uncirculated Unknown € 0.90 Buy
1994 - Uncirculated Unknown € 4.50 Buy
1992 - Uncirculated Unknown € 3.30 Buy
1990 - Uncirculated Unknown € 1.50 Buy
1988 - Uncirculated Unknown € 1.90 Buy
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20 drachmas - Pericles

Pericles (495 bC - 429 bC) was an Athenian statesman, so influential in Athenian history that the period of his power is called the Age of Pericles. Under Pericles' leadership Athens became a great center of literature and art. The supremacy of Athens ...

Krause - Mishler #133
Diameter 29 mm
Weight 11.15 gr
Composition Copper 92%, Alumnium 6%, Nickel 2%
Edge Lettered (Hellenic Republic)
Other information Engravers: Th. Papagiannis, L. Orfanos
Year Mintage Price Shop
1986 - Uncirculated 10,553,000 pieces € 4.20 Buy
1984 - Uncirculated 16,196,000 pieces € 1.65 Buy
1982 - Uncirculated 24,299,000 pieces € 2.75 Buy
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20 drachmas - Pericles

Pericles (495 bC - 429 bC) was an Athenian statesman, so influential in Athenian history that the period of his power is called the Age of Pericles. Under Pericles' leadership Athens became a great center of literature and art. The supremacy of Athens ...

Krause - Mishler #120
Diameter 29 mm
Weight 11.15 gr
Composition Copper 92%, Alumnium 6%, Nickel 2%
Edge Lettered (Hellenic Republic)
Other information Engravers: Th. Papagiannis, L. Orfanos
Year Mintage Price Shop
1980 - Uncirculated Unknown - View
1978 - Uncirculated 63,353,000 pieces € 3.60 Buy
1976 - Uncirculated 17,825,000 pieces € 2.20 Buy
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20 drachmas - Nymph on a horse

Nymphs, in Greek and Roman mythology, were lesser divinities or spirits of nature, dwelling in groves and fountains, forests, meadows and streams

Krause - Mishler #111
Diameter 32 mm
Weight 11.95 gr
Composition Copper 92%, Alumnium 6%, Nickel 2%
Edge Smooth
Other information Engravers: N. Perantinos (Nymph), V. Falireas (Phoenix) (Athens Mint)
Year Mintage Price Shop
1973 Type A - Uncirculated 3,092,087 pieces € 6.05 Buy
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20 drachmas - Godess athena

Godess athena was patron of the crafts, wisdom and battle. She became the patron goddess of the city of Athens, in a competition with Poseidon. They agreed that each would give the Athenians one gift and the Athenians would choose whichever gift they ...

Krause - Mishler #112
Diameter 29 mm
Weight 11 gr
Composition Copper 92%, Alumnium 6%, Nickel 2%
Edge Lettered (Hellenic Republic)
Other information Engravers: I. Stinis, N. Perantinos (Athens Mint)
Year Mintage Price Shop
1973 Type B - Uncirculated 17,058,000 pieces - View
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20 drachmas - Nymph on a horse

Nymphs, in Greek and Roman mythology, were lesser divinities or spirits of nature, dwelling in groves and fountains, forests, meadows and streams

Krause - Mishler #85
Diameter 24 mm
Weight 6 gr
Composition 0.8350 Silver .2013 oz. ASW
Edge Smooth
Other information Engraver: V. Falireas
Year Mintage Price Shop
1965 - Proof 4,978 pieces - View
1965 - Uncirculated Unknown - View
1960 - Uncirculated 20,019,000 pieces € 13.25 Buy
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