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500 Drachmes 1939, Greece

in Krause book Number: 109a
Years of issue: 01.01.1939
Signatures: Vice-Governor: Andreas Papadimitriou, Governor : Emmanuel Tsouderos
Serie: No Serie
Specimen of: 01.01.1939
Material: Cotton fiber
Size (mm): 170 x 84
Printer: Bradbury, Wilkinson & Company Limited, New Malden

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500 Drachmes 1939




Greek virgin goddess Athena.


500 Drachmes 1939

On left side is Greek woman in national dress.


It seemed to me that the girl’s costume is most suitable for the Athens-Megara region.

Denomination is centered.


500 Drachmes 1939

The goddess Athena in the oval at the top right.

Athena is the Greek virgin goddess of reason, intelligent activity, arts and literature. Athena is the daughter of Zeus. She sprang full grown in armour from his forehead, thus has no mother. She is fierce and brave in battle but, only wars to defined the state and home from outside enemies. She is the goddess of the city, handicrafts, and agriculture. She invented the bridle, which permitted man to tame horses, the trumpet, the flute, the pot, the rake, the plow, the yoke, the ship, and the chariot. She is the embodiment of wisdom, reason, and purity. She was Zeus's favorite child and was allowed to use his weapons including his thunderbolt. Her favorite city is Athens. Her tree is the olive. The owl is her bird. She is a virgin goddess.

Scenic view of the city harbor, presumably, Athens.