• 50 Drachmes 1994, KM# 164, Greece, 150th Anniversary of the Greek Constitution, Dimitrios Kallergis
  • 50 Drachmes 1994, KM# 164, Greece, 150th Anniversary of the Greek Constitution, Dimitrios Kallergis
Description

The first constitution of the Kingdom of Greece was the Greek Constitution of 1844. On 3 September 1843, the military garrison of Athens, with the help of citizens, rebelled and demanded from King Otto the concession of a Constitution.

The Constitution that was proclaimed in March 1844 came from the workings of the "Third of September National Assembly of the Hellenes in Athens" and was a Constitutional Pact, in other words a contract between the monarch and the Nation. This Constitution re-established the Constitutional Monarchy and was based on the French Constitution of 1830 and the Belgian Constitution of 1831.

Its main provisions were the following: It established the principle of monarchical sovereignty, as the monarch was the decisive power of the State; the legislative power was to be exercised by the King - who also had the right to ratify the laws - by the Parliament, and by the Senate. "In the name of the Holy, Consubstantial and Indivisible Trinity..." are the first words of the Greek Constitution of 1844.

Obverse

Depicts a portrait of Dimitrios Kallergis, official country name (Hellenic Republic) above.

Dimitrios Kallergis (1803–1867) was a fighter of the Greek War of Independence, major general, politician and one of the most important protagonists of the 3 September 1843 Revolution.

Engraver: V. Sampatakos

EΛΛHNIKH ΔHMOKPATIA
B.Σ.
ΔHM. KAΛΛEPΓHΣ

Reverse

Depicts the Hellenic Parliament building surrounding by legends. "Greek Parlament" on top; years, "150 Years of the Constitutional Life", value and a palmette (the mint mark of the Greek Mint) below.

The Hellenic Parliament (Greek: Βουλή των Ελλήνων, literally Parliament of the Hellenes) is the parliament of Greece, located in the Old Royal Palace, overlooking Syntagma Square in Athens. It is a unicameral legislature of 300 members, elected for a four-year term.

ΒΟΥΛΗ ΤΩΝ ΕΛΛΗΝΩΝ
1844 1994
150 ΧΡΟΝΙΑ
ΣΥΝΤΑΓΜΑΤΙΚΟΥ ΒΙΟΥ
50 ΔΡΧ.

Edge
Characteristics
Type Commemorative Issue (Circulating)
Material Aluminium Bronze
Weight 8.9 g
Diameter 27 mm
Thickness 2 mm
Shape round
Alignment Medal
Mint
Bank of Greece

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