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20 Drachmai old lettering

Features

Country Greece
Type Standard circulation coin
Years 1976-1980
Value 20 Drachmai (20 GRD)
Currency Third modern drachma (1954-2001)
Composition Copper-nickel
Weight 11.0 g
Diameter 29 mm
Thickness 2.25 mm
Shape Round
Orientation Medal alignment ↑↑
Demonetized 02-28-2002
References KM# 120,
Standard Catalog of World Coins
by George S. Cuhaj
(Krause Publications)
Schön# 63
Weltmünzkatalog
by Gerhard Schön, Günter Schön
(Battenberg Gietl Verlag)

Obverse

The portrait in left profile of Pericles (ca. 495 – 429 BC), a prominent and influential statesman, orator, and general of Athens in the city's Golden Age, is surrounded with a legend which indicates his name in Greek: "ΠΕΡΙΚΛΗΣ"

Lettering: ΠΕΡΙΚΛΗΣ

Reverse

The Parthenon is surrounded with the face value according to the former spelling ("20 ΔΡΑΧΜΑΙ") and the inscription "ΕΛΛΗΝΙΚΗ ΔΗΜΟΚΡΑΤΙΑ" (Republic of Greece)

Lettering:
ΕΛΛΗΝΙΚΗ ΔΗΜΟΚΡΑΤΙΑ
ΔΡΑΧΜΑΙ
20
19 78

Engraver: L. Orphanos

Edge

Plain with lettering:
"ΕΛΛΗΝΙΚΗ ΔΗΜΟΚΡΑΤΙΑ" (Republic of Greece)

Variations exist in orientation and alignment of edge inscription (whether text is readable with obverse or reverse facing up).

Lettering: ΕΛΛΗΝΙΚΗ ΔΗΜΟΚΡΑΤΙΑ

Translation: Greek Democracy

20 Drachmai (old lettering) -  obverse

© ZacUK

Comments

Documentation of the different pediments made by Ina Huitema

Ole

1976 Thick and Thin rim varieties (note later years appear to have thick rim as per Ole's comparison image and main coin images).

Thin rim ~ 0.7mm, Coin diameter 28.94mm - 28.96mm
Thick rim ~ 0.9mm, Coin diameter 28.98mm - 29.01mm
(Both comparison coins have circulation wear, but the difference in rim width is more than that).

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Year Mintage G VG F VF XF AU UNC
1976  53,167,500 0.17 0.22 0.37 0.37 0.73 1.05 Type A: triangle in the pediment
1978  20,000 Proof
1978  65,353,000 0.23 0.23 0.37 0.37 0.75 Type B: circle in the pediment
1980  17,562,000 0.37 0.47 2.77 Type B: circle in the pediment

Values in the table above are expressed in USD. They are based on evaluations by Numista users and sales realized on Internet platforms. They serve as a measure, but they are not intended to be relied upon for buying, selling or exchanging coins. Numista does not buy or sell coins.

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