France - 2 euros 2015 (225th Anniverary of Fête de la Fédération)
Malta - 2 euros 2013 (Establishment of Self-Government in 1921)
Portugal - 2 euros 2014 (International Year of Family Farming)
Germany - 2 euros 2013 (Maulbronn Abbey in Baden-Wurttemberg)
Italy - 2 euros 2015 (Expo 2015 World Exhibition)
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 50 drachma coins have circulated in Greece until the introduction of the
Common European Currency on January 1, 2002:
Homer is a name traditionally assigned to the author of the Iliad and the Odyssey, the two major epics of Greek antiquity. Nothing is known of Homer as an individual, and in fact it is a matter of controversy whether a single person can be said to have ...
200 years Dionisios Solomos 1798-1998Dionisios 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, ...
200 years Rigas Fereos Velestinlis 1798-1998Rigas-Fereos (Velestinlis) (1757-1798) was a forerunner and leading figure of the Greek enlightenment and confederation. He was the first to visualize the liberation of the Balkans from the Ottoman Empire ...
On November 18, 1994 two commemorative coins were introduced to mark the 150th anniversary of Parliament's constitutional life (1844 - 1994).In June 1825, during the Greek War of Independence, Ibrahim Pasha attacked the mills of Argos with a force ...
On November 18, 1994 two commemorative coins were introduced to mark the 150th anniversary of Parliament's constitutional life (1844 - 1994).Dionisios Solomos encouraged the nation emerging from Turkish bondage and his fine Hymn to Liberty (1823), ...
Solon (639-559 B.C.) was a celebrated Athenian lawgiver and thinker, one of the fabled Seven Sages of Ancient Greece. In 594, in response to social crises stemming from class conflict, Solon was elected first archon (supreme government leader). With his ...
In April 1967 a military coup led by Col. George Papadopoulos seized power, suspended the constitution and dissolved the Parliament. This coin commemorates the event, using the mythical bird Phoenix which is reborn from its ashes to symbolize the rebirth ...
Greek Drachma Coins