Greek 1000 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 1000 drachma coins have circulated in Greece until the introduction of the Common European Currency on January 1, 2002:

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1000 drachmas - IOC Centennial Coin Programme (1992 to 1996) - Ancient Wrestlers

The fifth and final series of coins was issued by Greece exactly one hundred years from the date of the first modern Olympic Games.
Greco-Roman wrestling is especially popular in Europe, but it is practiced throughout the world. The contestants must apply all holds above the waist, and that the use of the legs in scoring or defending is prohibited. ...

Krause - Mishler #166
Diameter 40 mm
Weight 33.63 gr
Composition Silver alloy 925 remainder copper
Edge Lettered (Citius Altius Fortius)
Other information You will receive the unc coin in a capsule
Year Mintage Price Shop
1996 - Proof 30,000 pieces - View
Obverse of Greek 1000 drachmas coin /images/currency/KM200/KM166_1996b.jpg
1000 drachmas - IOC Centennial Coin Programme (1992 to 1996) - Ancient Runners

The fifth and final series of coins was issued by Greece exactly one hundred years from the date of the first modern Olympic Games.
The role of running in ancient Greece was not just a contest. It was used in battle and to bring news. It was also used in sport, to honor gods, and for self-honor. There were 4 types of races at Olympia. The stadion ...

Krause - Mishler #165
Diameter 40 mm
Weight 33.63 gr
Composition Silver alloy 925 remainder copper
Edge Lettered (Citius Altius Fortius)
Other information You will receive the unc coin in a capsule
Year Mintage Price Shop
1996 - Uncirculated 30,000 pieces - View
Obverse of Greek 1000 drachmas coin /images/currency/KM200/KM155_1990b.jpg
1000 drachmas - 50th Anniversary of the Italian invasion

During World War II, Greece was invaded by the Italian forces through the Albanian borders, but managed to defend effectively and push the invaders deep into Albania, despite the fact that the Greek forces were largely outnumbered and carried older equipment.
The coin commemorates this feat and the theme derives from the work of the painter Alexandros ...

Krause - Mishler #155
Diameter 34 mm
Weight 18 gr
Composition 0.9000 Silver .5208 oz. ASW
Edge Smooth
Year Mintage Price Shop
1990 - Proof 7,000 pieces € 130.00 Buy
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