Description

Engraver: George Edward Kruger Gray

Obverse

Phoenix rising from its flames, hexagram and cross above the bird, legend the Greek Republic around and date below.

In Greek mythology, a phoenix is a long-lived bird that is cyclically regenerated or born again. Associated with the Sun, a phoenix obtains new life by arising from the ashes of its predecessor. According to some texts, the phoenix could live over 1,400 years before rebirth. Herodotus, Lucan, Pliny the Elder, Pope Clement I, Lactantius, Ovid, and Isidore of Seville are among those who have contributed to the retelling and transmission of the phoenix motif.

The seal of Greece under Governor Ioannis Kapodistrias (1828–1832) was the phoenix.

ΕΛΛΗΝΙΚΗ ΔΗΜΟΚΡΑΤΙΑ
1930

Reverse

Denomination within wreath.

5
ΔΡΑΧΜΑΙ

Edge

5 Drachmai

2nd Republic
KM# 71
Characteristics
Material Nickel
Weight 9.9 g
Diameter 30.2 mm
Thickness -
Shape round
Alignment Coin
Alt # KM# 71.1, KM# 71.2
Mints
Royal Belgian Mint
Royal Mint

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