Greek 5 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 5 drachma coins have circulated in Greece until the introduction of the Common European Currency on January 1, 2002:

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5 drachmas - Aristotle

Aristotle (384-322 BC) was a Greek philosopher and scientist, who shares with Plato and Socrates the distinction of being the most famous of the ancient philosophers. He was born at Stagira, in Macedonia, and at the age of 17 he moved to Athens to study at Plato's Academy. He remained there for about 20 years, first as a student and then as a teacher, ...

Krause - Mishler #131
Diameter 22.5 mm
Thickness 1.85 mm
Weight 5.5 gr
Composition Copper 75%, Nickel 25%
Edge Smooth
Other information Engraver: Th. Papagiannis
Year Mintage Price Shop
2000 - Uncirculated Unknown € 0.55 Buy
1998 - Uncirculated Unknown € 0.45 Buy
1994 - Uncirculated Unknown € 0.85 Buy
1992 - Uncirculated Unknown € 0.80 Buy
1990 - Uncirculated 36,707,000 pieces € 1.00 Buy
1988 - Uncirculated 30,273,000 pieces € 1.40 Buy
1986 - Uncirculated 16,730,000 pieces € 1.10 Buy
1984 - Uncirculated 29,778,000 pieces € 1.20 Buy
1982 - Uncirculated 42,647,000 pieces € 1.85 Buy
Obverse of Greek 5 drachmas coin /images/currency/KM200/KM118_1976a.jpg
5 drachmas - Aristotle

Aristotle (384-322 BC) was a Greek philosopher and scientist, who shares with Plato and Socrates the distinction of being the most famous of the ancient philosophers. He was born at Stagira, in Macedonia, and at the age of 17 he moved to Athens to study at Plato's Academy. He remained there for about 20 years, first as a student and then as a teacher, ...

Krause - Mishler #118
Diameter 22.5 mm
Thickness 1.85 mm
Weight 5.5 gr
Composition Copper 75%, Nickel 25%
Edge Smooth
Other information Engraver: Th. Papagiannis
Year Mintage Price Shop
1980 - Uncirculated 33,701,000 pieces € 1.50 Buy
1978 - Uncirculated 17,404,000 pieces € 1.50 Buy
1976 - Uncirculated 85,187,000 pieces € 1.45 Buy
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5 drachmas - 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 #100
Diameter 28 mm
Weight 8.9 gr
Composition Copper 75%, Nickel 25%
Edge Milled
Other information Engraver: V. Falireas (Athens Mint)
Year Mintage Price Shop
1973 Type A - Uncirculated 3,165,973 pieces € 2.60 Buy
1971 - Uncirculated 4,014,180 pieces - View
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5 drachmas - Pegasus

Pegasus, in Greek mythology, was a winged horse, son of Poseidon, god of the sea and the Gorgon Medusa. Pegasus sprang from Medusa's neck when she was killed by the hero Perseus. Shortly after its birth, the magic steed struck the ground on Mount Helicon, and on the spot a spring, later sacred to the Muses and believed to be a source for poetic inspiration, ...

Krause - Mishler #109
Diameter 25 mm
Weight 9.1 gr
Composition Copper 75%, Nickel 25%
Edge Smooth
Other information Engravers: I. Stinis, N. Perantinos (Athens Mint)
Year Mintage Price Shop
1973 Type B - Uncirculated 29,948,000 pieces € 3.90 Buy
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5 drachmas - 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 #91
Diameter 28 mm
Weight 8.9 gr
Composition Copper 25%, Nickel 75%
Edge Milled
Other information Engraver: V. Falireas (Prague Mint)
Year Mintage Price Shop
1970 - Uncirculated 5,000,000 pieces - View
1966 - Uncirculated 12,000,000 pieces € 26.15 Buy
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5 drachmas - Hercules

According to the Greek Mythology, Hera who was not fond of Hercules made him lose his mind. In a confused and angry state, he killed his own wife and children. When he awakened from his "temporary insanity," Hercules prayed to Apollo for guidance, and the god's oracle told him he would have to serve Eurystheus, the king of Tiryns and Mycenae, for twelve ...

Krause - Mishler #83
Diameter 28 mm
Weight 9.05 gr
Composition Copper 75%, Nickel 25%
Edge Milled
Other information Engraver: V. Falireas (Bern Mint)
Year Mintage Price Shop
1965 - Proof 4,978 pieces - View
1965 - Uncirculated Unknown € 7.70 Buy
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