• 500 Drachmes 2000, KM# 175, Greece, Athens 2004 Summer Olympics, Crypt of Olympia
  • 500 Drachmes 2000, KM# 175, Greece, Athens 2004 Summer Olympics, Crypt of Olympia
Description

The 2004 Summer Olympic Games, officially known as the Games of the XXVIII Olympiad and commonly known as Athens 2004, was a premier international multi-sport event held in Athens, Greece, from 13 to 29 August 2004 with the motto Welcome Home.

2004 marked the return of the games to the city where they began. Having previously hosted the Summer Olympic Games in 1896, Athens became one of only four cities to have hosted the Summer Games on two separate occasions.

A new medal obverse was introduced at these Games, replacing the design by Giuseppe Cassioli that had been used since the 1928 Games. This rectified the long-lasting mistake of using a depiction of the Roman Colosseum rather than a Greek venue. The new design features the Panathenaic Stadium.

There were 301 medal events in 28 different sports. The final medal tally was led by the United States, followed by China and Russia with host Greece at 15th place.

Obverse

Depicts the Crypt of Olympia.

Olympia, is a small town in Elis on the Peloponnese peninsula in Greece, famous for the nearby archaeological site of the same name, which was a major Panhellenic religious sanctuary of ancient Greece, where the ancient Olympic Games were held. The first games in Olympia are believed to have been held in 776 BC, a date that thereafter constituted the basis for the calculation of time in antiquity. The Olympiad was a period of four years, counting the interval between two Olympic Games. Initially local games, they soon became Peloponnesian and then pan-Hellenic. They acquired an official status, since, whenever in progress, a military truce was declared and any hostilities between rival Greek city-states ceased. One of the most important monuments of Olympia is the Crypt, a long and narrow vaulted passage through which the athletes and judges entered the Stadium, signifying the opening of the games.

ΑΡΧΑΙΑ ΟΛΥΜΠΙΑ
ΠΓ. 2000
ΤΟ ΣΤΑΔΙΟ Θ.Π.

Reverse

Depicts the official emblem of the Olympic games, surrounded by the inscription, value below, a palmette (the mint mark of the Greek Mint) on the left bottom.

The emblem of the Athens 2004 Olympic Games is a simple and timeless olive wreath. Representing Athens and athletic supremacy, it is the 'circle of life'.

ΕΛΛΗΝΙΚΗ ΔΗΜΟΚΡΑΤΙΑ
ΤΜΟ
ΑΘΗΝΑ 2004
500
ΔΡΑΧΜΕΣ

Edge
Characteristics
Type Commemorative Issue (Circulating)
Material Copper Nickel
Weight 9.54 g
Diameter 28 mm
Thickness -
Shape round
Alignment Medal
Mint
Bank of Greece

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Athens 2004 Summer Olympics

Copper Nickel, 9.54 g, ⌀ 28.5 mm