Greek 50 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 50 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 50 drachmas coin /images/currency/KM200/KM147_1992a.jpg
50 drachmas - Homer

Homer is a name traditionally assigned to the author of the Iliad and the Odyssey, the two major epics of Greek antiquity. Nothing is known of Homer as an individual, and in fact it is a matter of controversy whether a single person can be said to have written both the Iliad and the Odyssey. Linguistic and historical evidence, however, suggests that ...

Krause - Mishler #147
Diameter 27.5 mm
Thickness 2.25 mm
Weight 9 gr
Composition Copper 92%, Alumnium 6%, Nickel 2%
Edge Milled
Year Mintage Price Shop
1986 - Uncirculated Unknown € 4.15 Buy
Obverse of Greek 50 drachmas coin /images/currency/KM200/KM134_1984a.jpg
50 drachmas - Solon

Solon (639-559 B.C.) was a celebrated Athenian lawgiver and thinker, one of the fabled Seven Sages of Ancient Greece. In 594, in response to social crises stemming from class conflict, Solon was elected first archon (supreme government leader). With his new powers, Solon acted to end the crisis by repealing the repressive laws of Draco, freeing those ...

Krause - Mishler #134
Diameter 31 mm
Thickness 2 mm
Weight 12 gr
Composition Copper 75%, Nickel 25%
Edge Smooth
Other information Engraver: V. Sampatakos
Year Mintage Price Shop
1984 - Uncirculated 11,411,000 pieces - View
1982 - Uncirculated 18,899,000 pieces € 4.95 Buy
Obverse of Greek 50 drachmas coin /images/currency/KM200/KM124_1980a.jpg
50 drachmas - Solon

Solon (639-559 B.C.) was a celebrated Athenian lawgiver and thinker, one of the fabled Seven Sages of Ancient Greece. In 594, in response to social crises stemming from class conflict, Solon was elected first archon (supreme government leader). With his new powers, Solon acted to end the crisis by repealing the repressive laws of Draco, freeing those ...

Krause - Mishler #124
Diameter 31 mm
Thickness 2 mm
Weight 12 gr
Composition Copper 75%, Nickel 25%
Edge Smooth
Other information Engraver: V. Sampatakos
Year Mintage Price Shop
1980 - Uncirculated 32,250,999 pieces € 1.50 Buy
Obverse of Greek 50 drachmas coin /images/currency/KM100/KM93_1970a.jpg
50 drachmas - Military coup of April 21, 1967

In April 1967 a military coup led by Col. George Papadopoulos seized power, suspended the constitution and dissolved the Parliament. This coin commemorates the event, using the mythical bird Phoenix which is reborn from its ashes to symbolize the rebirth of Greece behind an armed soldier. The coup lasted for 7 years and ended with the invasion of Cyprus ...

Krause - Mishler #93
Diameter 29 mm
Weight 12.5 gr
Composition 0.835 Silver .6712 oz. ASW, remainder copper
Edge Milled
Other information Engraver: E. Kelaidis
Year Mintage Price Shop
1970 - Uncirculated 100,000 pieces - View
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