What Are Old Greek Coins Called?


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The name of ancient Greek coins depends upon the period in which they were made, the region and the type of coin. The drachma was the currency used in Greece during several different periods of its history.

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The name drachma refers to both the silver coin used in Greece from around the mid 6th century BC and the former monetary unit of modern Greece. The drachma was phased out in 2002 when Greece began to use the euro. The name drachma is derived from the verb "to grasp." The 5th century BC Athenian version of the drachma, the tetradrachmon, was the most commonly used coin prior to the reign of Alexander the Great. It featured a profile of Athena on the front and an owl on the back.

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