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Dolphins with Trident of Poseidon & Phoenix Rising 10 Lepta Greece Authentic Coin Money for Jewelry (1973) (Regime of the Colonels)

Dolphins with Trident of Poseidon & Phoenix Rising 10 Lepta Greece Authentic Coin Money for Jewelry (1973) (Regime of the Colonels)

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Dolphins with Trident of Poseidon & Phoenix Rising 10 Lepta Greece Authentic Coin Money for Jewelry and Craft Making (1973) (Regime of the Colonels)

Reverse: Poseidon/Neptune symbolism: Two dolphins on both sides of a trident, denomination below.
Lettering: ΛΕΠΤΑ 10 ΛΕΠΤΑ
Translation: LEPTA 10 LEPTA

Obverse: A Phoenix rising from its flames.
Translation: HELLENIC REPUBLIC 1973

Issuer Greece
Period Regime of the Colonels (1967-1974)
Type Standard circulation coin
Year 1973
Value 10 Lepta (0.1 GRD)
Currency Third modern drachma (1954-2001)
Composition Aluminium
Weight 1.1 g
Diameter 20 mm
Thickness 1.68 mm
Shape Round
Orientation Medal alignment ↑↑
Demonetized Yes
Number N# 529
References KM# 103, Schön# 48

This coin's nautical design is inspired by an Ancient Greek coin: 1 Litra, from Syracuse (Sicily), which depicts "trident head flanked by dolphins" on reverse, with "diademed head of Poseidon" obverse. See

On the Poseidon symbolism of this coin:
Poseidon's most distinctive attribute was the trident, a three-pronged fishing spear. He sometimes also wielded a boulder encrusted with sea creatures (crayfish, octopi, fish, etc.). The god was either clothed in a robe (chiton) and cloak (himation) or depicted nude with just a cloak draped loosely about his arms and shoulders. He was often crowned with a wreath of wild celery or a simple headband.

Poseidon's sacred animals were the bull, the horse and the dolphin. As god of the sea he was also closely associated with fish and other marine creatures. His chariot was drawn by a pair of fish-tailed horses (Greek: hippokampoi). The most famous of his sacred animals in myth was the Cretan Bull, sire of the Minotaur.



The phoenix is a long-lived bird associated with Greek mythology (with analogs in many cultures) that cyclically regenerates or is otherwise born again. Associated with the sun, a phoenix obtains new life by arising from the ashes of its predecessor. Some legends say it dies in a show of flames and combustion, others that it simply dies and decomposes before being born again. In the Motif-Index of Folk-Literature, a tool used by folklorists, the phoenix is classified as motif B32.

The origin of the phoenix has been attributed to Ancient Egypt by Herodotus and later 19th-century scholars, but other scholars think the Egyptian texts may have been influenced by classical folklore. Over time the phoenix motif spread and gained variety of new associations: Herodotus, Lucan, Pliny the Elder, Pope Clement I, Lactantius, Ovid, and Isidore of Seville are among those who have contributed to the retelling and transmission of the phoenix motif. Over time, extending beyond its origins, the phoenix could variously "symbolize renewal in general as well as the sun, time, the Empire, metempsychosis, consecration, resurrection, life in the heavenly Paradise, Christ, Mary, virginity, the exceptional man, and certain aspects of Christian life". Some scholars have claimed that the poem De ave phoenice may present the mythological phoenix motif as a symbol of Christ's resurrection.


The Greek junta or Regime of the Colonels[a] was a far-right military junta that ruled Greece from 1967 to 1974. On 21 April 1967, a group of colonels overthrew the caretaker government a month before scheduled elections which Georgios Papandreou's Center Union was favored to win. The dictatorship was characterised by right-wing cultural policies, restrictions on civil liberties, and the imprisonment, torture, and exile of political opponents. An attempt to renew its support in a 1973 referendum on the monarchy and gradual democratisation was ended by another coup by hardliner Dimitrios Ioannidis. The junta's rule ended on 24 July 1974 under the pressure of the Turkish invasion of Cyprus, leading to the Metapolitefsi ("regime change") to democracy and the establishment of the Third Hellenic Republic.

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