This is a 1 drachma coin from the year 1954. On the front side is a portrait of Greek King Paul I. He appears in a similiar fashion to U.S. presidents on American coins. His name is written in Greek letters which surround his head. Underneath his head are the numbers 1954, which represent the year that the coin was minted. The back of the coin the Greek crest of this time, which depicts two mirrored Hercules' standing on either side of a shield with a cross on it. Greek letters surround this image. Under the crest is the number 1, signifying the worth of the coin. Under the word number 1 is the word "drachma" written in Greek letters. The coin has a silver color. Its edge is reeded and the coin is made of copper and nickel. There is a small patch of green rust near the top of the backside of the coin.
The coin was minted in 1954, seven years after King Paul I gained the throne of Greece. Paul of Greece reigned as king from 1947-1965, when he passed away. Hercules, one of the great heroes of Greek mythology, appears on the back of the coin. He is holding a club and a lion's pelt, signifying his strength and two of his heroic triumphs.
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Coin, 1954, Pete Poulos Collection, National Hellenic Museum, https://collections.nationalhellenicmuseum.org/Detail/objects/9770. Accessed 02/29/24.