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Coin type: One Drachma

Composition: 0.835 silver (0.1342 oz ASW), 0.165 copper.

CountryCretan State CurrencyCretan Drachma
Sub-type of Sub-types
Face value1 (x Drachma)
Year produced1901 CurrentNo (demonetised 1913)
Material0.835 Silver DesignerHenri-Auguste Patey
Production technologyMilled (machine-made) ShapeRound
Size (mm)23.8000 Thickness (mm)
Mass (g)5

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).


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, 1 ΔPAXMH (1 Δραχμή - 1 Drachma).

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 inscriptionKPHTIKH ΠOΛITEIA 1 ΔPAXMH
EdgeMilled Edge inscriptionNone
List of 1 coins of type: One Drachma from Cretan State
One Drachma 1901 500,000 Πρίγκηψ Γεώργιος της Ελλάδος (Prince George of Greece) Portrait by Alfred Borrel ΠPIΓKHΨ ΓEΩPΓIOΣ THΣ EΛΛAΔOΣ YΠATOΣ APMOΣTHΣ EN KPHTH' 1901
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