In 1980, a 50 Drachma was minted depicting the head of Solon.
On the obverse of the 1 Drachma coins, the portrait of Laskarina Bouboulina, one of the heroines of the Greek War of Independence (1821-1830) is shown.
On the reverse of the 1 Drachma coins is shown a vessel of 1821, “Corvette”. (A Corvette is a brig-rigged ship having one tier of guns, usually a small naval escort ship).Notice the "palmette" mint mark of the Bank of Greece engraved in the numeral "1" on the bottom of the coin.
On the obverse of the 2 Drachma coins, the portrait of Manto Mavrogenous, one of the heroines of the Greek War of Independence (1821-1830) is shown.
On the obverse of the 5 Drachma coins, the portrait of Aristotle (384 BC – 332 BC) is shown.
On the reverse of the 5 Drachma coins is mentioned the “Hellenic Republic”.
On the obverse of the 10 Drachma coins, the portrait of the philosopher Democritus (460-370 BC) who devised the atomic system is shown and a symbolic representation of the atom is shown on the reverse. On the upper periphery the inscription “EAAHNIKH ^HMOKPATIA” is mentioned meaning “Hellenic Republic”.
The specifications of this coin are:
On the obverse of the 20 Drachma coins, the portrait of Dionisios Solomos is depicted.
On the reverse of the 20 Drachma coin is shown an Olive tree Branch. Notice the palmette mintmark of the Bank of Greece just before the letter "E" on the left periphery.
On the obverse of the 50 Drachma coins, the portrait of Homer is shown.
The Trireme: The early civilisations of the Mediterranean settled their disputes at sea by means of long, fast graceful wooden ships called the galleys which were moved by scores of rowers and carried marines and a ship-sinking weapon “the ram” (a menacing, metal tipped extension of the keel). The first galleys had single banks of oars, but the navies of Egypt, Greece and Phoenicia progressed to two-banked galleys and later the three-banked trireme, which was dubbed the first Battleship – fast moving with an awesome striking power and manoeuvrability. The largest Greek trireme like this one was 125 feet long, 20 feet wide and carried 170 oarsmen, 30 sailors, 14 spear bearers and four archers in addition to the intimidating “ram”. At the naval battle of Salamis (380 BC), where both sides used Triremes, a small Greek fleet routed a Persian fleet of about 800 ships as they entered the narrow confines of a bay near Athens, with the Greeks taking advantage of a favourable wind, ramming several Persian ships leading to the Persian rear ranks piling into their retreating advance. The Greek triremes moved back, after attacking the Persian ships, with such efficiency that the Persians could not take advantage of their numerical superiority.
On the obverse of the 100 Drachma coins, the portrait of Alexander the Great is depicted. This coin portrayed Alexander as King of the Macedonians.
On the reverse of the 100 Drachma coins is shown a “Virginia Palmette”. On the upper periphery the inscription “EAAHNIKH ^HMOKPATIA” is mentioned meaning “Hellenic Republic”. Also, notice the “palmette” mint mark of the Bank of Greece mentioned before the year of issue “1992) on this coin.
The specifications of this and the other five coins in this series are as under:
The 500 Drachma Commemorative Coin depicting the entrance to the Stadium at the ancient Olympia venue of the Ancient Olympics Games.
The 500 Drachma Commemorative coin depicting the boxer Diagoras of Rhodes (464 BC) being carried by his sons who too were Olympic winners – one in boxing and the other in the panfratium.
The 500 Drachma Commemorative Coin depicting Louis Spyros standing between two rows of trees with the tomb of Marathon in the background and the words “Olympic Champion Spyros Louis” (mentioned in Greek).
The 500 Drachma Commemorative Coin depicting the Olympic Torch Lighting Ceremony held on the site of Ancient Olympia, with the high priestess handing the Olympic Torch to the first runner of the torch relay, which had the symbolic importance which signified the opening of the Olympic Games. The words “Olympic Flame Lighting” also appear on the coin in Greek.
The 500 Drachma Commemorative Coin depicting the Commemorative medal of the 1896 Olympics showing the Goddess of victory Nike. On the upper periphery is the inscription “Athens 1986” and on the lower periphery are the words “The Medal” (both inscriptions in Greek).
The 500 Drachma Commemorative coin depicting Baron de Pierre Coubertin and Dimitri Vikelas.