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

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Obverse of Greek 1 drachma coin /images/currency/KM200/KM116_1982b.jpg
1 drachma - Konstantinos Kanaris

Konstantinos Kanaris (1793 - 1877) came from the island of Psara. He blew up the Turkish armada at Chios and at Tenedos and other Turkish ships at Mytilene and Samos (1824). He also attempted to burn the Turkish ships at the port of Alexandria in order to destroy Mehmet Ali's preparations against Greece, but failed. He became one of the important naval ...

Krause - Mishler #116
Diameter 21 mm
Weight 4.1 gr
Composition Nickel - Brass
Edge Smooth
Other information Engravers: L. Orphanos, N. Perantinos
Year Mintage Price Shop
1982 - Uncirculated 54,186,000 pieces € 0.60 Buy
1980 - Uncirculated 52,503,000 pieces € 0.55 Buy
1978 - Uncirculated 21,200,000 pieces € 0.70 Buy
1976 - Uncirculated 26,450,000 pieces € 0.80 Buy
Obverse of Greek 1 drachma coin /images/currency/KM100/KM98_1973a.jpg
1 drachma - 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 #98
Diameter 21 mm
Weight 4 gr
Composition Copper 75%, Nickel 25%
Edge Milled
Other information Engraver: V. Falireas (Athens Mint)
Year Mintage Price Shop
1973 Type A - Uncirculated Unknown - View
1971 - Uncirculated Unknown € 1.50 Buy
Obverse of Greek 1 drachma coin /images/currency/KM200/KM107_1973a.jpg
1 drachma - Owl

The owl was the symbol of goddess Athena and it was first depicted on an ancient Greek tetradrachm (5th century b.C.). Athena was patron of the crafts, wisdom and battle. She became the patron goddess of the city of Athens, in a competition with Poseidon. They agreed that each would give the Athenians one gift and the Athenians would choose whichever ...

Krause - Mishler #107
Diameter 21 mm
Weight 4 gr
Composition Nickel - Brass
Edge Millled
Other information Engravers: I. Stinis, N. Perantinos (Athens Mint)
Year Mintage Price Shop
1973 Type B - Uncirculated 44,514,000 pieces € 2.10 Buy
Obverse of Greek 1 drachma coin /images/currency/KM100/KM89_1967a.jpg
1 drachma - King Constantine

Constantine I, King of the Hellenes (2 August 1868 - 11 January 1923) was King of Greece from 1913 to 1917 and from 1920 to 1922. He was Commander – in - Chief of the Hellenic Army during the unsuccessful Greco-Turkish War of 1897 and led the Greek forces during the successful Balkan Wars of 1912-1913, in which Greece captured Thessaloniki, and doubled ...

Krause - Mishler #89
Diameter 21 mm
Weight 4 gr
Composition Copper 25%, Nickel 75%
Edge Milled
Other information Engraver: V. Falireas (Bern Mint)
Year Mintage Price Shop
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