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Coin: Two Drachmai 1901
Description

CountryCretan State CurrencyCretan Drachma
Face value2 (x Drachma) TypeTwo Drachmai
Year1901 CurrentNo (demonetised 1913)
Mintage175,000 (175000)
Mints
NameMint markMintage
Monnaie de Paris (Paris Mint) Cornucopia and Torch 175,000 (175000)
Material0.835 Silver DesignerHenri-Auguste Patey
MonarchΠρίγκηψ Γεώργιος της Ελλάδος (Prince George of Greece) EffigyPortrait by Alfred Borrel
Production technologyMilled (machine-made) ShapeRound
Size (mm)26.2000 Thickness (mm)
Mass (g)10
Obverse

Bare head of Prince George of Greece and Denmark right, by Alfred Borrel. Around, ΠPIΓKHΨ ΓEΩPΓIOΣ THΣ EΛΛAΔOΣ YΠATOΣ APMOΣTHΣ EN KPHTH' (Πρίγκηψ Γεώργιος της Ελλάδος Ύπατος Αρμοστής εν Κρητή, or Prince George of Greece, High Commissioner of Crete) and the date, 1901.

The effigy and legend of Prince George appeared on Cretan coinage even though he was technically just a representative of the Great Powers on the island and not a monarch.

Below the truncation of the Prince's neck in tiny letters Α ΒΟΡΡΕΛ (the designer's name A [Alfred] Borrel in Greek transliteration) (the designer's initials for Alfred Borrel in Greek transliteration).

Obverse inscription ΠPIΓKHΨ ΓEΩPΓIOΣ THΣ EΛΛAΔOΣ YΠATOΣ APMOΣTHΣ EN KPHTH' 1901
Reverse

At centre, the crowned, mantled and supported by two figures (representing Hercules) coat of arms of the Cretan State. Around, KPHTIKH ΠOΛITEIA (Κρητική Πολιτεία - Cretan State, in Greek). Below that the denomination, 2 ΔPAXMAI (2 Δραχμαί - 2 Drachmai, or 2 Drachmas).

To the left of the denomination, a small cornucopia - privy mark of the Director of the Paris Mint. To the right of the denomination, a torch - privy mark of Henri-Auguste Patey, chief engraver of the Paris Mint 1896 - 1926. No mint mark (A).

Reverse inscription

KPHTIKH ΠOΛITEIA 2 ΔPAXMAI

EdgeMilled Edge inscription

None

Two Drachmai 1901: Catalogue Reference IDs
SourceReference ID
Krause, Standard Catalog of World CoinsCrete KM# 8
Two Drachmai 1901: References to Information Used
SourceEditionAboutLinkNotes
Krause, Standard Catalog of World Coins Mint
Krause, Standard Catalog of World Coins Mintage
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