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A 30 drachmae 1963 coin (GRD 30): REVERSE side

In ancient Greece 1 drachma ( δραχμὴ ) was equivalent to 6 oboloe ( ὀβολοὶ ). The Athenian “tetrádrachmon” (“four drachmae”) was the most widely used coin in the 5th century BC. The word drachma is derived form the verb “dráttō” (δράττω, to grasp). The same word was used in Hellenistic kingdoms in the Middle East after Alexander the Great’s conquests: So, from the Greek word drachma derive the Arabic currency “dirham” (still in use in Morocco & in United Arab Emirates) and the Armenian “dram.”

 

This “triantádrachmo” coin was minted in 1963 (during the reign of King Paul I) to commemorate the centennial of the Greek Royal Dynasty, then comprising five Kings. Demonetized.

 

On the REVERSE side of the coin there is the map of Greece and the coin’s monetary value: 30 ΔΡ., meaning GRD 30, or 30 drachmae (or drachmas or dracmai).

 

On the coin’s edge there is lettering:

 

ΙΣΧΥΣ ΜΟΥ Η ΑΓΑΠΗ ΤΟΥ ΛΑΟΥ

 

( “ The People’s Love, My Strength ” )

 

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Taken on January 14, 2019