Greek 50 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 50 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 50 drachmas coin /images/currency/KM200/KM147_1992a.jpg
50 drachmas - Homer

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 ...

Krause - Mishler #147
Diameter 27.5 mm
Thickness 2.25 mm
Weight 9 gr
Composition Copper 92%, Alumnium 6%, Nickel 2%
Edge Milled
Year Mintage Price Shop
2000 - Uncirculated Unknown € 1.10 Buy
1998 - Uncirculated Unknown € 2.90 Buy
1994 - Uncirculated Unknown € 4.50 Buy
1992 - Uncirculated Unknown € 2.00 Buy
1990 - Uncirculated Unknown € 3.50 Buy
1988 - Uncirculated Unknown € 1.50 Buy
1986 - Uncirculated Unknown € 4.65 Buy
Obverse of Greek 50 drachmas coin /images/currency/KM200/KM172_1998b.jpg
50 drachmas - Dionisios Solomos

200 years Dionisios Solomos 1798-1998
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, ...

Krause - Mishler #172
Diameter 27.5 mm
Thickness 2.25 mm
Weight 9 gr
Composition Copper 92%, Alumnium 6%, Nickel 2%
Edge Milled
Other information Engraver: Kazakos
Year Mintage Price Shop
1998 - Uncirculated 75,000,000 pieces € 0.95 Buy
Obverse of Greek 50 drachmas coin /images/currency/KM200/KM171_1998b.jpg
50 drachmas - Rigas-Fereos (Velestinlis)

200 years Rigas Fereos Velestinlis 1798-1998
Rigas-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 ...

Krause - Mishler #171
Diameter 27.5 mm
Thickness 2.25 mm
Weight 9 gr
Composition Copper 92%, Alumnium 6%, Nickel 2%
Edge Milled
Other information Engraver: Stamatopoulos
Year Mintage Price Shop
1998 - Uncirculated 25,000,000 pieces € 1.65 Buy
Obverse of Greek 50 drachmas coin /images/currency/KM200/KM168_1994b.jpg
50 drachmas - Ioannis Makrygiannis

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 ...

Krause - Mishler #168
Diameter 27.5 mm
Thickness 2.25 mm
Weight 9 gr
Composition Copper 92%, Alumnium 6%, Nickel 2%
Edge Milled
Other information Engravers: Nikolaou (Markiyannis bust), Antonatou (Parliament)
Year Mintage Price Shop
1994 - Uncirculated 75,000,000 pieces € 1.45 Buy
Obverse of Greek 50 drachmas coin /images/currency/KM200/KM164_1994b.jpg
50 drachmas - Dimitrios Kallergis

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), ...

Krause - Mishler #164
Diameter 27.5 mm
Thickness 2.25 mm
Weight 9 gr
Composition Copper 92%, Alumnium 6%, Nickel 2%
Edge Milled
Other information Engravers: Sampatakos (Kallergis bust), Antonatou (Parliament)
Year Mintage Price Shop
1994 - Uncirculated 75,000,000 pieces € 1.50 Buy
Obverse of Greek 50 drachmas coin /images/currency/KM200/KM134_1984a.jpg
50 drachmas - Solon

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 ...

Krause - Mishler #134
Diameter 31 mm
Thickness 2 mm
Weight 12 gr
Composition Copper 75%, Nickel 25%
Edge Smooth
Other information Engraver: V. Sampatakos
Year Mintage Price Shop
1984 - Uncirculated 11,411,000 pieces - View
1982 - Uncirculated 18,899,000 pieces € 4.95 Buy
Obverse of Greek 50 drachmas coin /images/currency/KM200/KM124_1980a.jpg
50 drachmas - Solon

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 ...

Krause - Mishler #124
Diameter 31 mm
Thickness 2 mm
Weight 12 gr
Composition Copper 75%, Nickel 25%
Edge Smooth
Other information Engraver: V. Sampatakos
Year Mintage Price Shop
1980 - Uncirculated 32,250,999 pieces € 1.50 Buy
Obverse of Greek 50 drachmas coin /images/currency/KM100/KM93_1970a.jpg
50 drachmas - Military coup of April 21, 1967

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 ...

Krause - Mishler #93
Diameter 29 mm
Weight 12.5 gr
Composition 0.835 Silver .6712 oz. ASW, remainder copper
Edge Milled
Other information Engraver: E. Kelaidis
Year Mintage Price Shop
1970 - Uncirculated 100,000 pieces - View
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