Greece 1876-A 5 drachmai
This specimen was lot 4317 in Goldberg sale 67 (Los Angeles, January 2012), where it sold for $150 plus buyer's fee. The catalog description noted, "Greece. 5 Drachmai, 1876-A. George I of Denmark, 1863-1913. Head left. Reverse: Crowned and mantled arms. Deeply toned. PCGS graded EF-45." This one-year type was struck in Paris 1875-76 for king George I (1863-1913) to the standard of a French five francs. Greece, poor, backward, corrupt and riven by feuds, could ill afford a substantial silver coinage and this is the only issue that is reasonably available. Proofs are reported to exist.
Recorded mintage: 2,092,000.
Specification: 25 g, .900 fine silver, .723 troy oz ASW.
Catalog reference: Dav-117; KM-46.
- Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2012.
- Goldberg, Ira, Larry Goldberg, Stephen Harvey, Paul Rynearson and Jason Bradford, Pre-Long Beach Auction, Ancient & World Coins, Los Angeles: Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, 2011.