Greek 10 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 10 drachma coins have circulated in Greece until the introduction of the Common European Currency on January 1, 2002:

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10 drachmas - Democritus

Democritus (460 - 370 BC) was a Greek philosopher, who developed the atomic theory of the universe, which had been originated by his mentor, the philosopher Leucippus. Democritus was born in Abdera, Thrace. He wrote extensively, but only fragments of his works remain. According to his exposition of the atomic theory of matter, all things are composed ...

Krause - Mishler #132
Diameter 26 mm
Thickness 1.95 mm
Weight 7.5 gr
Composition Copper 75%, Nickel 25%
Edge Smooth
Other information Engravers: Th. Papagiannis, L. Orfanos
Year Mintage Price Shop
2000 - Uncirculated Unknown € 0.60 Buy
1998 - Uncirculated Unknown € 0.60 Buy
1994 - Uncirculated Unknown € 1.45 Buy
1992 - Uncirculated Unknown € 0.90 Buy
1990 - Uncirculated 4,014,180 pieces € 1.00 Buy
1988 - Uncirculated Unknown € 1.00 Buy
1986 - Uncirculated 24,441,000 pieces € 1.25 Buy
1984 - Uncirculated 23,802,000 pieces € 1.65 Buy
1982 - Uncirculated 35,539,000 pieces € 0.80 Buy
Obverse of Greek 10 drachmas coin /images/currency/KM200/KM119_1978a.jpg
10 drachmas - Democritus

Democritus (460 - 370 BC) was a Greek philosopher, who developed the atomic theory of the universe, which had been originated by his mentor, the philosopher Leucippus. Democritus was born in Abdera, Thrace. He wrote extensively, but only fragments of his works remain. According to his exposition of the atomic theory of matter, all things are composed ...

Krause - Mishler #119
Diameter 26 mm
Thickness 1.95 mm
Weight 7.5 gr
Composition Copper 75%, Nickel 25%
Edge Smooth
Other information Engravers: Th. Papagiannis, L. Orfanos
Year Mintage Price Shop
1980 - Uncirculated 28,733,000 pieces € 2.90 Buy
1978 - Uncirculated 14,637,000 pieces € 1.85 Buy
1976 - Uncirculated 25,247,000 pieces € 1.50 Buy
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10 drachmas - Phoenix

The phoenix bird symbolizes immortality, resurrection and life after death in the ancient Greek and Egyptian mythology. According to the Greeks, the bird lives in Arabia, near a cool well and every morning at dawn, the sun god would stop his chariot to listen to the bird sing. Only one phoenix exists at a time. When the bird felt its death was near, ...

Krause - Mishler #101
Diameter 30 mm
Weight 10.5 gr
Composition Copper 75%, Nickel 25%
Edge Smooth
Other information Engraver: V. Falireas (Athens Mint)
Year Mintage Price Shop
1973 Type A - Uncirculated 540,848 pieces - View
1971 - Uncirculated 502,018 pieces € 3.90 Buy
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10 drachmas - Pegasus

Pegasus, in Greek mythology, was a winged horse, son of Poseidon, god of the sea and the Gorgon Medusa. Pegasus sprang from Medusa's neck when she was killed by the hero Perseus. Shortly after its birth, the magic steed struck the ground on Mount Helicon, and on the spot a spring, later sacred to the Muses and believed to be a source for poetic inspiration, ...

Krause - Mishler #110
Diameter 27 mm
Weight 7.6 gr
Composition Copper 75%, Nickel 25%
Edge Milled
Other information Engravers: I. Stinis, N. Perantinos (Athens Mint)
Year Mintage Price Shop
1973 Type B - Uncirculated 22,599,848 pieces € 4.00 Buy
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10 drachmas - Hercules

According to the Greek Mythology, Hera who was not fond of Hercules made him lose his mind. In a confused and angry state, he killed his own wife and children. When he awakened from his "temporary insanity," Hercules prayed to Apollo for guidance, and the god's oracle told him he would have to serve Eurystheus, the king of Tiryns and Mycenae, for twelve ...

Krause - Mishler #96
Diameter 30 mm
Weight 10.05 gr
Composition Copper 25%, Nickel 75%
Edge Smooth
Other information Engraver: V. Falireas (Bern Mint)
Year Mintage Price Shop
1968 - Uncirculated 40,000,000 pieces € 3.95 Buy
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10 drachmas - Hercules

According to the Greek Mythology, Hera who was not fond of Hercules made him lose his mind. In a confused and angry state, he killed his own wife and children. When he awakened from his "temporary insanity," Hercules prayed to Apollo for guidance, and the god's oracle told him he would have to serve Eurystheus, the king of Tiryns and Mycenae, for twelve ...

Krause - Mishler #84
Diameter 30 mm
Weight 10.1 gr
Composition Copper 75%, Nickel 25%
Edge Smooth
Other information Engraver: V. Falireas (Paris Mint)
Year Mintage Price Shop
1965 - Uncirculated Unknown € 9.90 Buy
1965 - Proof 4,978 pieces € 18.90 Buy
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