Our blog-ette this week is on Greece 100 Drachmae p200b 1978. Greece is located in South Europe between the Aegean and Ionian Seas. This ancient country has over 200 islands, and is known by some as the cradle to western civilization. Greece or Hellenic Republic, joined the European Union in 1981 just a few years after this 100 Drachmae note was issued. The front of this note shows Piraeus Athena and the back features Adamantios Korais.
In ancient Greece, Athena was the goddess of battle strategy, and wisdom. Her abilities also included inventing useful items such as ships, chariots and pottery. Piraeus Athena is a bronze statue created in the goddess’ honor. The statue believed to be crafted around 4th century BCE was found in 1959. Piraeus Athena wears a peplos, and a Corinthian helmet with a griffin on its side. This note only shows the side profile of the Piraeus Athena statue, but this view allows us to see the detail of this beautifully crafted statues upper portion.
On the back of the note is Adamantios Korais. Born in 1748, Korais lived until 1833 (84 y/o). Korais was a Greek scholar and important participant in Greek Enlightenment. His passions included philosophy, literacy and linguistics. Additionally, he translated several ancient Greek texts, and was a fierce proponent of education. He believed that education would allow Greece to reach a second Golden Age.
The 100 Drachmae note is multicolored and has intricate linework. The main features of this note are Piraeus Athena and Adamantios Korais. However, the note also shows a state building and the Monastery of Arkadi located in Crete. This is a beautiful note and would be a great addition to your collection.
Denomination: 100 Drachmae
Pick #: 200b
Other Info: Greek Letter “L” in bottom left corner back of note (Looks like an A)
Depictions: Athena; State Building; Picture: A. Koraes; Government building
Note Size: 6″ x 2 1/2″
Watermark: Man’s Head