Belgium - 2 euros 2013 (100 Years of Royal Meteorological Institute)
France - 2 euros 2013 (150th Anniversary of Pierre de Coubertin's Birth)
Monaco - 2 euros 2013 (20th anniversary of its accession to the UN)
Italy - 2 euros 2013 (200th Anniversary of the Birth of Giuseppe Verdi)
Netherlands - 2 euros 2013 (200th Anniversary of the Kingdom of the Netherlands)
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 5 drachma coins have circulated in Greece until the introduction of the
Common European Currency on January 1, 2002:
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 ...
Greek Drachma Coins