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 a little owl, accompanied by facial value. The engraver's name below.

In Greek mythology, a little owl (Athene noctua) traditionally represents or accompanies Athena, the virgin goddess of wisdom, or Minerva, her syncretic incarnation in Roman mythology. Because of such association, the bird—often referred to as the "owl of Athena" or the "owl of Minerva"—has been used as a symbol of knowledge, wisdom, perspicacity and erudition throughout the Western world. An Athenian tetradrachm from after 499 BC, showing the head of Athena and the owl.

The little owl (Athene noctua), also known as the owl of Athena or owl of Minerva, is a bird that inhabits much of the temperate and warmer parts of Europe, the Palearctic east to Korea, and North Africa. It was introduced into Britain at the end of the 19th century and into the South Island of New Zealand in the early 20th century.

Engraver: N. Perantinos

2
ΔΡΑΧΜΑΙ
Ν. ΠΕΡ.

Edge

2 Drachmai

Regime of the Colonels
KM# 108 Schön# 52
Characteristics
Material Nickel Brass
Weight 6.1 g
Diameter 24 mm
Thickness -
Shape round
Alignment Medal
Mint
Bank of Greece

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