Greek Currency 500 Drachmas banknote 1983 Ioannis Kapodistrias
Bank of Greece - Τράπεζα της Ελλάδος
Theme: The first Governor of Greece after the Greek War of Independence (1821).
Obverse: Portrait of Ioannis Kapodistrias (1776 – 1831), Governor of the First Hellenic Republic. On the bottom right, Kapodistrias family home in Corfu.
Signatures: Evangelos Kourakos (Member of the Board of Directors of the Bank of Greece) at left and Gerasimos Arsenis (Governor of the Bank of Greece from 3 November 1981 to 20 February 1984) at right.
Reverse: The Citadel of Corfu or the Old Fortress of Corfu. Denominations in numerals are in three corners, in words lower, centered.
Paper security features:
Watermark: head of Charioteer of Delphi.
Security thread. Randomly distributed security fibres.
Dimensions: 158 x 72 mm.
Printer: Idryma Trapezis tis Ellados - The Banknote Printing Works of the Bank of Greece (IETA).
Date of issue: 1 February 1983
On January 1, 2002, the Greek drachma was officially replaced as the circulating currency by the euro. Following the introduction of euro banknotes and coins, drachma notes and coins ceased to be legal tender on 28 February 2002. Drachma banknotes exchanged for euro at the Bank of Greece until 1st March 2012. The exchange rate was fixed at 340.75 drachmas to 1 euro.
500 Greek Drachmas: equivalent in Euro - 1.47 Euro