Greek 50 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 50 lepta coins have circulated in Greece until the introduction of the Common European Currency on January 1, 2002:

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50 lepta - Markos Botsaris

The Greek War of Independence was a successful insurgency waged by the Greeks between 1821 and 1827 to win independence from the Ottoman Empire. Markos Botsaris (1788–1823) was a Greek patriot exiled from his native Epirus in 1803, who was prominent in the Greek War of Independence, notably in the defense of Mesolongion (1822–23) and at Karpenision, ...

Krause - Mishler #115
Diameter 18 mm
Thickness 1.45 mm
Weight 2.5 gr
Composition Copper 79%, Zinc 20%, Nickel 1%
Edge Milled
Other information Engravers: N. Perantinos
Year Mintage Price Shop
1986 - Uncirculated Unknown € 0.65 Buy
1984 - Uncirculated 1,208,000 pieces € 0.80 Buy
1982 - Uncirculated 3,365,000 pieces € 0.40 Buy
1980 - Uncirculated 6,682,000 pieces € 0.25 Buy
1978 - Uncirculated 12,010,000 pieces € 0.50 Buy
1976 - Uncirculated 15,400,000 pieces € 0.50 Buy
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50 lepta - 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 #97
Diameter 18 mm
Thickness 1.45 mm
Weight 2.5 gr
Composition Copper 79%, Zinc 20%, Nickel 1%
Edge Milled
Other information Engraver: V. Falireas (Athens Mint)
Year Mintage Price Shop
1973 Type A - Uncirculated Unknown € 1.40 Buy
1971 - Uncirculated Unknown - View
Obverse of Greek 50 lepta coin /images/currency/KM200/KM106_1973a.jpg
50 lepta - 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 #106
Diameter 18 mm
Weight 2.3 gr
Composition Nickel - Brass
Edge Milled
Other information Engravers: I. Stinis, L. Orphanos (Athens Mint)
Year Mintage Price Shop
1973 Type B - Uncirculated 44,514,000 pieces € 0.55 Buy
Obverse of Greek 50 lepta coin /images/currency/KM100/KM88_1966a.jpg
50 lepta - 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 #88
Diameter 18 mm
Weight 2.3 gr
Composition Copper 25%, Nickel 75%
Edge Milled
Other information Engraver: V. Falireas (Prague Mint)
Year Mintage Price Shop
1970 - Uncirculated 10,000,000 pieces € 3.85 Buy
1966 - Uncirculated 30,000,000 pieces € 1.25 Buy
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50 lepta - King Paul I

Paul I (1901-1964), King of Greece (1947-1964), was the youngest son of King Constantine I. Paul married Princess Frederika of Brunswick in 1938. During most of World War II, when Greece was under German occupation, he was with the Greek government-in-exile in London and Cairo. From Cairo, he broadcast messages to the Greek people. He returned to Greece ...

Krause - Mishler #80
Diameter 18 mm
Weight 2.3 gr
Composition Copper 75%, Nickel 25%
Edge Milled
Other information Engraver: V. Falireas (Parish Mint)
Year Mintage Price Shop
1965 - Uncirculated Unknown € 2.20 Buy
1965 - Proof 4,978 pieces - View
1964 - Uncirculated 20,000,000 pieces € 9.90 Buy
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