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  • 5 Drachmai 1976-1980, KM# 118, Greece
  • 5 Drachmai 1976-1980, KM# 118, Greece

Engraver: Th. Papagiannis


Depicts a portrait in the left profile of Aristotle, surrounded by his name.

Aristotle (384–322 BC) was a Greek philosopher and polymath during the Classical period in Ancient Greece. Taught by Plato, he was the founder of the Lyceum, the Peripatetic school of philosophy, and the Aristotelian tradition. His writings cover many subjects including physics, biology, zoology, metaphysics, logic, ethics, aesthetics, poetry, theatre, music, rhetoric, psychology, linguistics, economics, politics, meteorology, geology and government. Aristotle provided a complex synthesis of the various philosophies existing prior to him. It was above all from his teachings that the West inherited its intellectual lexicon, as well as problems and methods of inquiry. As a result, his philosophy has exerted a unique influence on almost every form of knowledge in the West and it continues to be a subject of contemporary philosophical discussion.

In 343 or 342 Aristotle was summoned by Philip II to the Macedonian capital at Pella to act as tutor to Philip’s 13-year-old son, the future Alexander the Great. By 326 Alexander had made himself master of an empire that stretched from the Danube to the Indus and included Libya and Egypt. Ancient sources report that during his campaigns Alexander arranged for biological specimens to be sent to his tutor from all parts of Greece and Asia Minor.



Depicts facial value with old spelling (Drachmai) in the centre, surrounded by the country name (Hellenic Republic) above and date below.

• 1976 •


5 Drachmai

Old Lettering
KM# 118 Schön# 61
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Material Cupronickel
Weight 5.5 g
Diameter 22.5 mm
Thickness 1.85 mm
Shape round
Alignment Medal
Bank of Greece

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