Cretan State: Coins Issued and Used

Showing only circulating coin types (regular coinage plus circulating commemoratives).

Cretan State (1898 - 1908)
Information about what currencies were issued by Cretan State, with lists of coinage, as well as periods when foreign-issued currencies were used.
Currency: Cretan Drachma. Used in Cretan State: (1900 - 1913)
CurrencyCretan Drachma
PeriodCretan Drachma
Used1900 - 1913
Description

The Cretan State (Greek: Κρητική Πολιτεία, Kritiki Politia; Ottoman Turkish: كريد دولتى‎, Girit Devleti), was established in 1898. The country issued its own Drachma coinage based on the Greek Drachma. Coins were only issued in 1900 and 1901 (minted at the Paris Mint). They feature symbols of the Kingdom of Greece, reflecting the desire of Crete to unite with Greece, which happened de facto in 1908 and de jure in 1913.

Prince George of Greece was appointed as the first High Commissioner (representative of the Great Powers) in 1898 and was replaced as such in 1906. Even though he was not a monarch or even head of state, he did have his effigy and legend on some of the coins.

The Bank of Crete (Τράπεζα Κρήτης, Banque du Cretè) was established in 1898 and received the exclusive privilege, for thirty years, of issuing banknotes in the island of Crete. This right was retained after the unification of Crete with the mainland. The National Bank of Greece wholly acquired, and subsumed the Bank of Crete in 1919. Cretan banknotes were therefore issued from 1901 through to 1917 - some years after the state no longer existed.

Five Drachmai (demonetised 1913)
1 coin (1901)
Coin NameMintage
Five Drachmai 1901 150,000
Two Drachmai (demonetised 1913)
1 coin (1901)
Coin NameMintage
Two Drachmai 1901 175,000
One Drachma (demonetised 1913)
1 coin (1901)
Coin NameMintage
One Drachma 1901 500,000
Fifty Lepta (demonetised 1913)
1 coin (1901)
Coin NameMintage
Fifty Lepta 1901 600,000
Twenty Lepta (demonetised 1913)
1 coin (1900)
Coin NameMintage
Twenty Lepta 1900 1,250,000
Ten Lepta (demonetised 1913)
1 coin (1900)
Coin NameMintage
Ten Lepta 1900 2,000,000
Five Lepta (demonetised 1913)
1 coin (1900)
Coin NameMintage
Five Lepta 1900 4,000,000
Two Lepta (demonetised 1913)
2 coins (1900 - 1901)
Coin NameMintage
Two Lepta 1900 793,079
Two Lepta 1901 707,000
One Lepton (demonetised 1913)
2 coins (1900 - 1901)
Coin NameMintage
One Lepton 1900 289,283
One Lepton 1901 1,710,717