Greek 20 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 20 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 20 drachmas coin /images/currency/KM200/KM154_1998a.jpg
20 drachmas - Dionysious Solomous

Dionisios Solomos encouraged the nation emerging from Turkish bondage and his fine Hymn to Liberty (1823), written at the age of 25, became the national anthem of Greece. He was born in Zakinthos in 1978, which, by a quirk of history, was at that time a British Protectorate. His father, Count Salomon, was English and Solomos himself held a British Passport. ...

Krause - Mishler #154
Diameter 24.5 mm
Thickness 1.8 mm
Weight 7 gr
Composition Copper 92%, Alumnium 6%, Nickel 2%
Edge Milled
Year Mintage Price Shop
2000 - Uncirculated Unknown € 0.70 Buy
1998 - Uncirculated Unknown € 0.90 Buy
1994 - Uncirculated Unknown € 4.50 Buy
1992 - Uncirculated Unknown € 1.20 Buy
1990 - Uncirculated Unknown € 1.50 Buy
Obverse of Greek 20 drachmas coin /images/currency/KM200/km133_1982a.jpg
20 drachmas - Pericles

Pericles (495 bC - 429 bC) was an Athenian statesman, so influential in Athenian history that the period of his power is called the Age of Pericles. Under Pericles' leadership Athens became a great center of literature and art. The supremacy of Athens aroused the jealousy of the other Greek city-states, especially of Sparta, long the bitter rival of ...

Krause - Mishler #133
Diameter 29 mm
Weight 11.15 gr
Composition Copper 92%, Alumnium 6%, Nickel 2%
Edge Lettered (Hellenic Republic)
Other information Engravers: Th. Papagiannis, L. Orfanos
Year Mintage Price Shop
1988 - Uncirculated Unknown € 1.80 Buy
1986 - Uncirculated 10,553,000 pieces € 3.80 Buy
1984 - Uncirculated 16,196,000 pieces - View
1982 - Uncirculated 24,299,000 pieces € 2.75 Buy
Obverse of Greek 20 drachmas coin /images/currency/KM200/KM120_1976a.jpg
20 drachmas - Pericles

Pericles (495 bC - 429 bC) was an Athenian statesman, so influential in Athenian history that the period of his power is called the Age of Pericles. Under Pericles' leadership Athens became a great center of literature and art. The supremacy of Athens aroused the jealousy of the other Greek city-states, especially of Sparta, long the bitter rival of ...

Krause - Mishler #120
Diameter 29 mm
Weight 11.15 gr
Composition Copper 92%, Alumnium 6%, Nickel 2%
Edge Lettered (Hellenic Republic)
Other information Engravers: Th. Papagiannis, L. Orfanos
Year Mintage Price Shop
1980 - Uncirculated Unknown - View
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