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  • 5 Drachmai 1973, KM# 109, Greece
  • 5 Drachmai 1973, KM# 109, Greece

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.


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



Pegasus is accompanied by facial value. The engraver's name velow.

Pegasus is a mythical winged divine stallion, and one of the most recognised creatures in Greek mythology. Usually depicted as pure white in color, Pegasus was a child of the Olympian God Poseidon, in his role as horse-god, and foaled by the Gorgon Medusa upon her death, when the hero Perseus decapitated her.

The symbolism of Pegasus varies with time. Symbolic of wisdom and especially of fame from the Middle Ages until the Renaissance, Pegasus became associated with poetry around the 19th century, as the originator or fountainhead of sources from which the poets inspiration.

Engraver: N. Perantinos



5 Drachmai

Regime of the Colonels
KM# 109 Schön# 53
Material Cupronickel
Weight 9.1 g
Diameter 25 mm
Thickness 2.44 mm
Shape round
Alignment Medal
Alt # KM# 109.1, KM# 109.2
Bank of Greece

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