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Greece 500 Drachmai 1939

Item Code: GR-109A

Front: Greek woman dressed in a traditional attire. Back: The island Poros as seen from the town of Galatas. Sailing boats. Cameo depicting Demeter, Goddess of agriculture, harvest, fertility and sacred law. Watermark: Demeter. Main colours: Blue, lilac and cerulean. Work by: Unknown. Engraved by: BWC. Signatures: Andreas Papadimitriou (Manager, O Dieuthuntis); Emmanuel Tsouderos (Chief, O Dioikitis). Issuer: Trapeza tis Ellados. Date of issue: 1 January 1939. Date of withdrawal: 1941. Total issue: N/a. Legal tender: No. Material: Cotton paper. Printer: Bradbury, Wilkinson & Co. (London) (BWC).

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Dimensions: 173 x 85 mm

Texts: Trapeza Tis Ellados. Drachmai Pentakosiai. Pliroteai epi ti, emfanisei. Athinisi ti 1 Ianouariou 1939. Ekdosis deutera. Second Issue.


The drachma has been the Greek national currency from 1833 to 2002. On 1 January 2002 the drachma has been replaced by the euro. Following the introduction of euro banknotes and coins, drachma notes and coins ceased to be legal tender on 28 February 2002. Drachma banknotes were exchanged for euro at the Bank of Greece until 1st of March 2012. Despite that Greek banknotes retain strong collector value.

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