Greek 100 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
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 100 drachma coins have circulated in Greece until the introduction of the
Common European Currency on January 1, 2002:
100 drachmas - Alexander the Great
Alexander the Great (356-323 bc) was the king of Macedonia (Greece), conqueror of the Persian Empire, and one of the greatest military geniuses of all times. Alexander was born in Pella, the ancient capital of Macedonia, being the son of Philip II, king of Macedonia, and of Olympias, a princess of Epirus.
Aristotle was Alexander's tutor; he gave ...
|Krause - Mishler
||Copper 92%, Alumnium 6%, Nickel 2%
||Smooth and milled
||Engraver: V. Sampatakos
|2000 - Uncirculated
|1998 - Uncirculated
|1994 - Uncirculated
|1992 - Uncirculated
|1990 - Uncirculated