Beautiful 1982 5000 Drachmai Greek Gold Coin – $695

1982 Greece Gold 5000 Drachmai, PCGS Secure Holder PR-68DCAM

PCGS has graded only four of these coins in all grades, one in PR-67, two in PR-68DCAM, and one PR-69DCAM which is listed on this site also.

5000 Drachmai Greek gold coins were produced in limited numbers in only three years, 1981, 1982, and 1984. This coin has a beautiful design featuring flying doves on the obverse. The intense black and white cameo contrast is nothing short of dramatic with watery fields and beautiful frosting.

Weight 12.5 ounces, diameter 25MM, slightly larger and thicker than a Washington Quarter.
Go here for size comparisons to U.S. Coins: http://www.simcocoins.com/world-coin-size-chart-educational-post/

Also offerred, Same description, PCGS Secure Holder PR-69DCAM – $795

History

The recent economic crisis in Greece is a tragic reminder that once great countries can falter from mismanagement and failed Socialist political policies. Considered by historians to be the foundation of Western Civilization, this once great and powerful country attained the pinnacle of its culture in the 5th century B.C., when it contributed more to government, literature, art, architecture and drama than any other country in the Western World at the time. Greece fell under the dominance of the Roman Empire in the 2nd and 1st centuries B.C., and became part of the Byzantine Empire until Constantinople fell to the Crusaders in 1202. Following the fall of Constantinople to the Turks in 1453, Greece became part of the Ottoman Empire, where it remained until the revolution of 1821-1827 brought independence from Turkey. Despite the recent collapse of it’s economy and it’s solvency, modern day Greece remains one of the most popular tourist destinations in Europe.

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For an interesting analysis of Greece’s long history of debt woes and defaults leading up to the current crisis, go here:
http://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2015/07/is-greece-a-part-of-europe/397796/