Greek 2 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 2 drachma coins have circulated in Greece until the introduction of the Common European Currency on January 1, 2002:

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2 drachmas - Manto Mavrogenous

Amongst the heroines of the Greek War of Independence (1821-1830) was Manto Mavrogenous. She was educated at a college in Triestio and spoke Italian and Turkish. She studied ancient Greek philosophy and history. In 1809 her family returned to Mykonos, ...

Krause - Mishler #151
Diameter 21 mm
Thickness 1.48 mm
Weight 3.75 gr
Composition Copper 99,9%, Phosphorous 0,02%
Edge Smooth
Year Mintage Price Shop
2000 - Uncirculated Unknown € 0.60 Buy
1998 - Uncirculated Unknown € 0.40 Buy
1994 - Uncirculated Unknown € 0.40 Buy
1992 - Uncirculated Unknown € 0.60 Buy
1990 - Uncirculated Unknown € 0.40 Buy
1988 - Uncirculated Unknown € 0.50 Buy
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2 drachmas - Georgios Karaiskakis

Georgios Karaiskakis (1782 - 1827) grew up in poverty and was forced to the mountains as kleftis. He was one of the first to take part in the Greek revolution to gain independence from the Ottoman Empire and his military genius became apparent during ...

Krause - Mishler #130
Diameter 24 mm
Weight 6.1 gr
Composition Nickel - Brass
Edge Milled
Other information Engravers: L. Orphanos, N. Perantinos
Year Mintage Price Shop
1986 - Uncirculated 21,019,000 pieces € 1.25 Buy
1984 - Uncirculated 37,816,000 pieces € 0.85 Buy
1982 - Uncirculated 64,414,000 pieces € 0.95 Buy
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