Greek 5 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 5 drachma coins have circulated in Greece until the introduction of the Common European Currency on January 1, 2002:

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5 drachmas - Aristotle

Aristotle (384-322 BC) was a Greek philosopher and scientist, who shares with Plato and Socrates the distinction of being the most famous of the ancient philosophers. He was born at Stagira, in Macedonia, and at the age of 17 he moved to Athens to study ...

Krause - Mishler #131
Diameter 22.5 mm
Thickness 1.85 mm
Weight 5.5 gr
Composition Copper 75%, Nickel 25%
Edge Smooth
Other information Engraver: Th. Papagiannis
Year Mintage Price Shop
2000 - Uncirculated Unknown € 0.55 Buy
1998 - Uncirculated Unknown € 0.45 Buy
1994 - Uncirculated Unknown € 0.86 Buy
1992 - Uncirculated Unknown € 0.90 Buy
1990 - Uncirculated 36,707,000 pieces € 1.00 Buy
1988 - Uncirculated 30,273,000 pieces € 1.40 Buy
1986 - Uncirculated 16,730,000 pieces € 1.10 Buy
1984 - Uncirculated 29,778,000 pieces € 1.20 Buy
1982 - Uncirculated 42,647,000 pieces € 1.85 Buy
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