Greece 5 Drachmai  1930
Greece 5 Drachmai 1930

It sounds like you have a 5 drachmai piece from Greece. These were produced with the phoenix pattern only in 1930. They are not particularly valuable

worn: less than $1 US dollar approximate catalog value
average circulated: $3
well preserved: $8
fully uncirculated: $80

The mythical phoenix bird rising from ashes and flames is a common theme on Greek coins. There are earlier coins with similar patterns which are worth much more than this piece from 1930. Write if you have one and we will appraise it separately.

On the back ('reverse') of the coin, the side the the large numeral 5 in the wreath, there is a small detail which you can use to tell if a coin was minted in London or Brussels.
At the top left of the wreath, above and to the left of the 5, there is a cluster of berries - go past that, and look at the second cluster of berries, following the wreath counter-clockwise. The 'berries' are the tiny little 'orbs on stalks' between the leaves of the wreath.

If one berry in the second set has a dot on it, the coin was minted in London.
If the smaller berry below that one also has a dot, then the coin was minted in Brussels.

The coins from Brussels are less common, and have catalog values around twice those cited above.

Remember to read our 'Important Terminology' page on the top left if you haven't already. It will help you interpret the catalog values quoted on this page.

Coin: 3276 , Genre: Orthodox and Slavic
Requested by: Laurel Webb, Sat, 06-Mar-2010 01:01:44 GMT
Answered by: Paul, Sat, 24-Aug-2013 03:06:35 GMT
Last review by CoinQuest: Fri, 14-Aug-2015 13:14:58 GMT
Requester description: 1930 Greek coins (several), one type shows numeral 5 on back with a wreath, front of coins depict a bird with 1930 beneath it and Greek lettering to left and right
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