Greek 2 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 2 drachma coins have circulated in Greece until the introduction of the Common European Currency on January 1, 2002:

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2 drachmas - King Paul

Paul, King of The Hellenes was King of Greece from 1947 to 1964. He was born in Athens, the third son of Constantine I, King of the Hellenes and his wife, Princess Sophia of Prussia. He was trained as a naval officer and on 9 January 1938 he Frederika of Hanover at Athens.

Krause - Mishler #82
Diameter 24 mm
Weight 6 gr
Composition Copper 25%, Nickel 75%
Edge Milled
Other information Engraver: V. Falireas (Paris Mint)
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