Commemorative coins of Greece
Commemorative drachma coins
Commemorative Greek drachma coins have been issued by the Bank of Greece throughout the 20th century. Early (1940–1967) coins were minted in Birmingham, Paris, Vienna, and Prague, but since 1978 all of Greece's commemorative coins have been minted in Athens.
1940 - restored monarchy
Commemorative coins of 1940 were minted to celebrate the five years of the restored Greek monarchy under King George II.
- 100 drachmas, silver and copper, George II of Greece, 25 November 1935
- 20 drachmas, gold and copper, George II of Greece, 25 November 1935
- 100 drachmas, gold and copper, George II of Greece, 25 November 1935
1963 - Centennial of the monarchy
1964 - Royal Wedding
1970 - military junta
In 1970 the Greek junta regime issued a number of commemorative coins with the coup d'état of 1967 as a topic.
- 50 drachmas, silver and copper, phoenix, soldier, 21 April 1967
- 100 drachmas, silver and copper, phoenix, soldier, 21 April 1967
- 20 drachmas, gold and copper, phoenix, soldier, 21 April 1967
- 100 drachmas, gold and copper, phoenix, soldier, 21 April 1967
1978 - 50 years Bank of Greece
The Bank of Greece celebrated its 50th birthday with a commemorative coin in 1978.
- 100 drachmas, silver, Athena, Bank of Greece 50 years, 1928–1978
1979 - Greece enters the EEC
1981-82 - 14th Paneuropean games
Coins issued in 1981 and 1982 celebrated the 13th Paneuropean games, which were held in Athens in 1982. Although minted two years after the 1979 coin, all of these coins featured the old spelling δραχμαί again.
1981 - 1st set
1982 - 2nd set
1982 - 3rd set
1984 - Los Angeles Olympic Games
1985 - U.N. Decade on the woman
In 1985 two coins were minted celebrating the United Nations Decade for women (1976–1985).
- 1,000 drachmas, silver, group of women
- 10,000 drachmas, gold, Nike
1988 - Chess olympiad in Thessaloniki
- 100 drachmas, copper and nickel, chess olympiad emblem and the White Tower
- 500 drachmas, silver, chess olympiad emblem and ancient chess players
1990 - 50th anniversary 28 October 1940
- 1,000 drachmas, silver, soldiers with horse, 28 October 1940
- 20,000 drachmas, gold, soldiers with horse, 28 October 1940
1991 - Mediterranean games in Athens
1993 - 2500 years of democracy
1994 - Volleyball centennial
1994 saw the minting of two coins commemorating the 100 years since the creation of the game volleyball.
- 500 drachmas, silver, volleyball players
- 10,000 drachmas, gold, 100
1996 - Atlanta Olympic Games
2000 - Athens Olympic Games
Released for the upcoming 2004 XXVIII Olympic games to be held in Athens, these six 500 drachmas coins were produced in copper-nickel. Each had a mintage of 4,000,000. They could be purchased as complete sets. The obverse showed a victor's laurel crown. Reverse designs were as follows: