Greek 10 lepta coins

Lepton (plural lepta) is the name of various fractional units of currency used in the Greek-speaking world from antiquity until today. The word means "small" or "thin", and during classical and Hellenistic times a lepton was always a small value coin, usually the smallest available denomination of another currency.

In modern Greece, lepton (modern form: lepto) is the name of the 1/100 denomination of all the official currencies of the Greek state: The phoenix (1827 – 1832), the drachma (1832 – 2001) and the euro (2002 – current). The following 10 lepta coins have circulated in Greece until the introduction of the Common European Currency on January 1, 2002:

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Obverse of Greek 10 lepta coin /images/currency/KM200/KM113_1976a.jpg
10 lepta - Charging bull

The Minoan civilization bequeathed us with unique specimens of wall paintings with realistic and life-like representations decorating the renowned Minoan palaces. The government of the Minoan was theocratic, and the religion of Minoan was matriarchal and centered around the worship of several goddess and high priestesses.
Accordingly the Minoans ...

Krause - Mishler #113
Diameter 20 mm
Weight 1.1 gr
Composition Aluminium
Edge Smooth
Other information Engraver: L. Orphanos, N. Perantinos
Year Mintage Price Shop
1978 - Uncirculated 791,000 pieces € 0.30 Buy
1976 - Uncirculated 830,000 pieces € 0.45 Buy
Obverse of Greek 10 lepta coin /images/currency/KM200/KM102_1973a.jpg
10 lepta - Triain and dolphins

Dolphins are common in Greek mythology and there are many coins from the time which feature a man or boy riding on the back of a dolphin. The Ancient Greeks treated them with welcome; a ship spotting dolphins riding in their wake was considered a good omen for a smooth voyage.
The three-pronged trident is the symbol of Poseidon, the god of the ...

Krause - Mishler #102
Diameter 20 mm
Weight 1.1 gr
Composition Aluminium
Edge Smooth
Other information Engraver: V. Falireas, N. Perantinos (Athens Mint)
Year Mintage Price Shop
1973 Type A - Uncirculated 2,742,000 pieces € 0.75 Buy
Obverse of Greek 10 lepta coin /images/currency/KM200/KM103_1973a.jpg
10 lepta - Triain and dolphins

Dolphins are common in Greek mythology and there are many coins from the time which feature a man or boy riding on the back of a dolphin. The Ancient Greeks treated them with welcome; a ship spotting dolphins riding in their wake was considered a good omen for a smooth voyage.
The three-pronged trident is the symbol of Poseidon, the god of the ...

Krause - Mishler #103
Diameter 20 mm
Weight 1.1 gr
Composition Aluminium
Edge Smooth
Other information Engravers: I. Stinis, N. Perantinos (Athens Mint)
Year Mintage Price Shop
1973 Type B - Uncirculated 10,670,000 pieces € 0.55 Buy
Obverse of Greek 10 lepta coin /images/currency/KM100/KM78_1969a.jpg
10 lepta - Grape vain

Agriculture was the foundation of the Ancient Greek economy and nearly 80% of the population was involved in this activity. During the early part of Greek history agriculture was based on cereals, such as barley, Durum wheat and, less commonly, millet or common wheat. Grapes also do well in the rocky soil, but demand a lot of care

Krause - Mishler #78
Diameter 22 mm
Weight 1 gr
Composition Aluminium
Edge Smooth
Other information Engraver: V. Falireas

Bern Mint: 1954, 1959 and 1964
Prague Mint: 1966, 1969 and 1971

Coins dated 1971 have a smaller hole in the center
Year Mintage Price Shop
1971 - Uncirculated 5,922,472 pieces € 1.00 Buy
1969 - Uncirculated 20,000,000 pieces € 1.30 Buy
1966 - Uncirculated 20,000,000 pieces - View
1965 - Uncirculated Unknown € 6.60 Buy
1965 - Proof 4,978 pieces - View
1964 - Uncirculated 12,000,000 pieces - View
1954 - Uncirculated 48,000,000 pieces € 2.50 Buy
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