• 20 Lepta 1973, KM# 105, Greece
  • 20 Lepta 1973, KM# 105, Greece
Description

The Greek military junta of 1967–1974, commonly known as the Regime of the Colonels, or in Greece simply The Junta, The Dictatorship and The Seven Years, was a series of far-right military juntas that ruled Greece following the 1967 Greek coup d'état led by a group of colonels on 21 April 1967. The dictatorship ended on 24 July 1974 under the pressure of the Turkish invasion of Cyprus. The fall of the junta was followed by the Metapolitefsi, and the establishment of the Third Hellenic Republic.

Obverse

Depicts the emblem of the Junta (the Phoenix rising from its flames) surrounded by the country name (Hellenic Republic). The engraver's name and date below.

The phoenix is a long-lived bird associated with Greek mythology (with analogs in many cultures) that cyclically regenerates or is otherwise born again. Associated with the sun, a phoenix obtains new life by arising from the ashes of its predecessor.

Engraver: I. Stinis

ΕΛΛΗΝΙΚΗ ΔΗΜΟΚΡΑΤΙΑ
Ι.ΣΤΙΝ
1973

Reverse

Depicts an olive branch, denomination below

Engraver: N. Perantinos

20
ΛΕΠΤΑ

Edge

20 Lepta

Regime of the Colonels
KM# 105 Schön# 49
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Characteristics
Material Aluminium
Weight 1.3 g
Diameter 22 mm
Thickness 1.5 mm
Shape round
Alignment Medal
Mint
Bank of Greece

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