Greece 1833 5 drachmai

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Ponterio sale 168, lot 40592
photo courtesy Stack's-Bowers LLC

This specimen was lot 40592 in Ponterio sale 168 (Philadelphia, August 2012), where it sold for $646. The catalog description[1] noted, "GREECE. 5 Drachmai, 1833. NGC AU-53." This two-year type was struck in Paris 1833 and 1844 for king Otto I (1832-62). It comes with and without the "A" mintmark. Greece, poor, backward, corrupt and riven by feuds, could ill afford a substantial silver coinage and this is the only issue that is at all available. Proofs are reported to exist.

Recorded mintage: 378,000 (all varieties).

Specification: 22.5 g, .900 fine silver, .651 troy oz AGW, 37 mm diameter.

Catalog reference: Dav-115; KM-20; Geo-26.


  • Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2012.
  • [1]Ponterio, Richard, Ponterio sale 168: The Official ANA Auction, Irvine, CA: Stack's Bowers LLC, 2012.

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