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Information about reign: Πρίγκηψ Γεώργιος της Ελλάδος (Prince George of Greece)

CountryCretan State
From21 December 1898
To30 September 1906
Personal InformationPrince George of Greece and Denmark (1869 - 1957)
Description

Prince George of Greece and Denmark (Modern Greek: Πρίγκιπας Γεώργιος της Ελλάδας, contemporary Greek: Πρίγκηψ Γεώργιος της Ελλάδος) was the second son of George I of Greece and Olga Konstantinovna of Russia, and is remembered chiefly for having once saved the life of the future Emperor of Russia, Nicholas II in 1891 during their visit to Japan together. He served as high commissioner of the Cretan State during its transition towards independence from Ottoman rule and union with Greece.

After a revolution in Crete, the Great Powers decided to restore order by governing the island temporarily through a committee of four admirals who remained in charge until the arrival of Prince George of Greece as the first High Commissioner (Greek: Ὕπατος Ἁρμοστής, Hýpatos Harmostēs) of an autonomous Crete, effectively detached from the Ottoman Empire, on 9 December 1898. Although technically just a representative of the Powers and not a monarch, the effigy and legend of Prince George appeared on Cretan coinage in 1901.

At the end of September 1906 Prince George was replaced as High Commissioner by the former Greek prime minister Alexandros Zaimis and left the island.

List of 11 coins issued in reign: Cretan State / Πρίγκηψ Γεώργιος της Ελλάδος (Prince George of Greece)
NameMintageEffigy
One Lepton 1900 289,283
Two Lepta 1900 793,079
Five Lepta 1900 4,000,000
Ten Lepta 1900 2,000,000
Twenty Lepta 1900 1,250,000
One Lepton 1901 1,710,717
Two Lepta 1901 707,000
Fifty Lepta 1901 600,000 Portrait by Alfred Borrel
One Drachma 1901 500,000 Portrait by Alfred Borrel
Two Drachmai 1901 175,000 Portrait by Alfred Borrel
Five Drachmai 1901 150,000 Portrait by Alfred Borrel