Cretan State: Coin Two Drachmai 1901 - detailed information

Cretan State: Coin Two Drachmai 1901
CoinTwo Drachmai 1901

MintMonnaie de Paris (Paris Mint)
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 InscriptionNone
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Two Drachmai 1901: Details
CountryCretan State
CurrencyCretan Drachma
Coin TypeTwo Drachmai
Issued1901
MonarchΠρίγκηψ Γεώργιος της Ελλάδος (Prince George of Greece)
EffigyPortrait by Alfred Borrel
Face Value2 (x Drachma)
CurrentNo (demonetised 1913)
Mintage175,000
Material0.835 Silver
DesignerHenri-Auguste Patey
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
Size (mm)26.2000
Mass (g)10
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Two Drachmai 1901: Catalogue Reference IDs
SourceReference ID
Krause, Standard Catalog of World CoinsCrete KM# 8